American Trade Politics
by I.M. Destler
In this comprehensive revision of the most influential, widely read analysis of the US trade policymaking system, Destler addresses how globalization has reshaped trade politics, weakening traditional protectionism but intensifying concern about trade's societal impacts. Entirely new chapters treat the deepening of partisan divisions and the rise of ?trade and . . .? issue...more
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 373 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Peterson Institute
(first published 1986)
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This was a pretty good rundown on How Shit Gets Done when it comes to US trade policy, which has the unique issue of a huge divide in opinion between the general public (who tilt against trade) and the people in charge (who tilt for it). You end up learning a lot about trade policy in particular, but it's also an interesting study of how political elites can frame and therefore channel public opinion.
The later chapters and essays don't add much to the book that the earlier ones didn't already c...more