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The Life and Death of International TreatiesDouble-Edged Diplomacy and the Politics of Ratification in Comparative Perspective$
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Jeffrey S. Lantis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199535019

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535019.001.0001

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The Australia‐United States Free Trade Agreement

The Australia‐United States Free Trade Agreement

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(p.154) 7 The Australia‐United States Free Trade Agreement
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The Life and Death of International Treaties
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Jeffrey S. Lantis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535019.003.0007

This chapter examines the development of the 2004 Australia–United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA). Government leaders who completed negotiations on the treaty in 2004 believed that it would be a “win–win” deal for the two advanced industrialized nations; they would build on an already-strong bilateral trade relationship to create a plan that eliminated tariff barriers stretching across the Pacific Ocean. Yet AUSFTA became the most controversial trade agreement in Australia's history, and the government nearly failed to ratify it.

Keywords:   AUSFTA, negotiations, controversial trade agreement, tariff, ratification

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