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American Opinion on TradePreferences without Politics$
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Alexandra Guisinger

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190651824

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190651824.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
American Opinion on Trade

Alexandra Guisinger

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 provides an overview of the book and its two interwoven puzzles: what are the predictors of Americans’ trade preferences in today’s post-industrial economy, and why do so few politicians attempt to take advantage of these preferences? After providing historical context for American trade policy, the chapter outlines an answer: that the changing American economy has untethered traditional sources of trade sentiment, resulting in diverse, countervailing, and difficult to mobilize sources of trade sentiment. As a result, in most political districts, discussion of trade has fallen by the wayside; and trade policy is increasingly being formulated and conducted outside of standard systems of voter-driven accountability. The chapter places this new argument in the context of existing literature on the domestic and international politics of trade policy and provides a chapter by chapter summary of the book.

Keywords:   public opinion, trade policy, trade liberalization, trade agreement, voting behavior, globalization, gender, race, political campaigns, protectionism

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