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International Trade and Political Conflict : Commerce, Coalitions, and Mobility - Michael J. Hiscox

International Trade and Political Conflict

Commerce, Coalitions, and Mobility

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Published: 25th August 2002
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This book unveils a potent new approach to one of the oldest debates in political economy--that over whether class conflict or group competition is more prevalent in politics. It goes further than any study to date by outlining the conditions under which one type of political conflict is more likely than the other. Michael Hiscox focuses on a critical issue affecting support for and opposition to free trade--factor mobility, or the ability of those who own a factor of production (land, labor, or capital) to move it from one industry to another. He argues that the types of political coalitions that form in trade politics depend largely on the extent to which factors are mobile between industries. Class coalitions are more likely where factor mobility is high, Hiscox demonstrates, whereas narrow, industry-based coalitions predominate where it is low.

The book also breaks new ground by backing up the theory it advances with systematic evidence from the history of trade politics in six nations over the last two centuries, using a combination of case studies and quantitative analysis. It makes fresh conclusions about the forces shaping trade policy outcomes--conclusions that yield surprising insights into the likely evolution of the global trading system and U.S. trade policy in particular. "International Trade and Political Conflict" is a major contribution to the scholarly literature while being accessible to anyone interested in understanding and predicting developments in trade policy.

Co-Winner of the 2003 William H. Riker Book Award

List of Tables and Figuresp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Trade Theory, Factor Mobility, and Political Conflictp. 1
Trade, Distribution, and Factor Mobilityp. 3
Historical Patterns in Mobility: Evidence from Six Nationsp. 12
Coalitions in Trade Politics: Parties, Peak Associations, and Groupsp. 35
Political Conflict in Six Nations Over Tradep. 43
The United Statesp. 45
Britainp. 71
Francep. 83
Swedenp. 96
Canadap. 104
Australiap. 114
Lessons from the Case Studiesp. 128
Conflict in the U.S. Congress Over Tradep. 131
Historical Changes in Coalitionsp. 133
Quantitative Analysis of Voting on Major Trade Legislation--1824 to 1994p. 145
Conclusionp. 159
Conclusions, Qualifications, and Implicationsp. 161
Appendixesp. 165
Mathematical Appendix to Chapter 1p. 167
Data and Sources for Chapter 2p. 171
Data and Sources for Chapters 11 and 12p. 176
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780691088556
ISBN-10: 0691088551
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 25th August 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 16.1  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.33