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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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The Changing Landscape of Trade and Trade Knowledge

The Changing Landscape of Trade and Trade Knowledge

(p.13) Chapter 2 The Changing Landscape of Trade and Trade Knowledge
American Opinion on Trade

Alexandra Guisinger

Oxford University Press

Because Americans’ understanding of their own and others’ connections to trade underpins their beliefs about trade’s costs and benefits, chapter 2 investigates what Americans know—or think they know—about trade and trade policy. It examines how trade has reshaped post-NAFTA America and argues that the new economic conditions of post-industrial America require expanding our analysis of factors shaping trade preferences beyond the traditional categories of skill level and industry. Additionally, the chapter identifies new sources of information uncertainty and in doing so provides a series of tables and figures detailing the changing composition of the U.S. economy and manufacturing; the changing influence of trade and specific trading relationships; and the convergence of major political parties’ policies. Furthermore, by analysing voters’ knowledge of roll call votes on a range of issues, the chapter offers a comparison of the political salience of trade with other important ideological and economic issues.

Keywords:   trade flows, economic beliefs, party platforms, policy salience, U.S. economic conditions, trade partners, representation, roll call votes

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