U.S. Trade Issues: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

  • Alfred E. Eckes
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  • ISBN-10: 1598842005
  • ISBN-13: 9781598842005
  • DDC: 382.30973
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 340 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released May 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Since the negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the emergence of China as a major exporter of goods and services, the trade landscape for the United States has changed dramatically -- imports have soared, factories have closed, and the United States is borrowing over $2 billion a day from foreign creditors to finance the dependence on goods from other countries.

What is the proper balance between free trade and protecting the American economy?

U.S. Trade Issues: A Reference Handbook is a timely exploration of this vital and politically sensitive question, one that emerged as a crucial issue in the 2008 presidential election. Written by a former chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission, it provides an authoritative, accessible, and unbiased review of the defining events, principal players, and key controversies in U.S. trade policy.

U.S. Trade Issues describes American trade policies from the days of the republic to the present, focusing most intently on the post-World War II era. It explores a number of current issues, including the Doha Round of Multilateral Negotiations, NAFTA, and the president's trade authority. In addition, the handbook looks at American trade policy in the context of an increasingly globalized world economy.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Tables.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Worldwide Perspective.
4: Chronology.
5: Biographical Sketches.
6: Max Baucus (1941–).
7: Kevin Brady (1955–).
8: Sherrod C. Brown (1952–).
9: Dave Camp (1953–).
10: Lou Dobbs (1945–).
11: Timothy Geithner (1961–).
12: Charles (Chuck) Grassley (1933–).
13: Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804).
14: Cordell Hull (1871–1955).
15: Ron Kirk (1954–).
16: Pascal Lamy (1947–).
17: Sander (Sandy) Levin (1931–).
18: Friedrich List (1789–1846).
19: Gary Locke (1950–).
20: William McKinley (1843–1901).
21: Justin Smith Morrill (1810–1898).
22: Henry (Hank) Paulson (1946–).
23: Nancy Pelosi (1940–).
24: Raul Prebisch (1901–1986).
25: Charles Rangel (1930–).
26: David Ricardo (1772–1823).
27: Susan Schwab (1955–).
28: Adam Smith (1723–1790).
29: Reed Smoot (1862–1941).
30: Robert S. Strauss (1918–).
31: Lori Wallach (1964–).
32: Sir Eric Wyndham White (1913–1980).
33: Robert Zoellick (1953–).
34: Data and Documents.
35: International Comparisons.
36: U.S. Trade Indicators.
37: National Labor Committee Testimony on “Sweatshop” Practices.
38: U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission Report.
39: Ambassador Carla Hills on the Future of U.S. Trade Policy.
40: Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky on the Future of U.S. Trade Policy.
41: U.S. House of Representatives Joint Letter to President Obama.
42: President Obama's Trade Agenda.
43: Directory of Organizations.
44: Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM).
45: American Farm Bureau (AFB).
46: American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
47: American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC).
48: Business Roundtable (BR).
49: Business Software Alliance (BSA).
50: CATO Institute.
51: Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR).
52: Chamber of Commerce of the United States (COC).
53: Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC).
54: Coalition of Service Industries (CSI).
55: Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
56: Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
57: Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT).
58: European-American Business Council (EABC).
59: Focus on the Global South (Focus).
60: Friends of the Earth (FOE).
61: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).
62: International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA).
63: International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
64: Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
65: National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
66: National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC).
67: National Labor Committee (NLC).
68: Oxfam America.
69: Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE).
70: Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch (GTW).
71: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
72: Sierra Club.
73: Third World Network (TWN).
74: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
75: U.S. Business and Industrial Council Educational Foundation.
76: US-China Business Council (USBC).
77: U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means.
78: U.S. Congress, Senate, Committee on Finance.
79: U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB).
80: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
81: U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).
82: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
83: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
84: U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA).
85: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
86: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
87: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
88: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
89: U.S. Department of State (DOS).
90: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
91: U.S. Department of Treasury.
92: U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC).
93: U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
94: U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
95: World Customs Organization (WCO).
96: World Economic Forum (WEF).
97: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
98: World Trade Organization (WTO).
99: Resources.
About the Author.