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Memorandum on the politics of trade and fast track in the United States Comercio e integración en las Américas

By: Barfield, C | IICA, San José (Costa Rica) | Universidad de Costa Rica, San José (Costa Rica) | BID, Washington, D.C. (EUA) | INTAL, Buenos Aires (Argentina) | Coloquio Académico de las Américas San José (Costa Rica) Mar 1998.
Material type: ArticleArticlePublisher: San José (Costa Rica) AGROAMERICA 2000Description: p. 113-119.ISBN: 92-9039-441-2.Subject(s): EUA | POLITICA DE COMERCIO EXTERIOR | NAFTA | LIBERALIZACION DEL INTERCAMBIO | | | | | ETATS-UNIS | POLITIQUE DU COMMERCE INTERNATIONAL | ALENA | LIBERALISATION DES ECHANGESSummary: Opinion among trade policy experts in the United States is unanimous that fast track legislation is dead for this year; and indeed, the likelihood is that fast track authority will not be granted again by Congress untill the next president comes into office in 2001. This memorandum will present three reasons why the United States finds itself in this situation; political and interest group maneuvering in both parties, but particularly among Democrats and their constituencies, the failure of presidential leadership since 1994; and finally, the existence of honest and unbridgeable differences over the content and future direction of trade policy for the United States-specifically on the question of whether labor and environmental regulations must be included in all future U.S. trade agreements. (MV)
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Opinion among trade policy experts in the United States is unanimous that fast track legislation is dead for this year; and indeed, the likelihood is that fast track authority will not be granted again by Congress untill the next president comes into office in 2001. This memorandum will present three reasons why the United States finds itself in this situation; political and interest group maneuvering in both parties, but particularly among Democrats and their constituencies, the failure of presidential leadership since 1994; and finally, the existence of honest and unbridgeable differences over the content and future direction of trade policy for the United States-specifically on the question of whether labor and environmental regulations must be included in all future U.S. trade agreements. (MV)

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