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Interpreting NAFTA : The Science and Art of Political Analysis - Frederick W. Mayer

Interpreting NAFTA

The Science and Art of Political Analysis

Paperback Published: 26th September 1998
ISBN: 9780231109819
Number Of Pages: 374
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Drawing on a wide range of documents and interviews with officials in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, as well the author's experience as an aide to Senator Bill Bradley during negotiations, "Interpreting NAFTA" is a history of the agreement's development, from opening talks to final passage. Frederick W. Mayer combines recent work in international relations, comparative politics, interest groups, and public opinion to develop a broad theoretical framework that crosses between international relations and domestic politics. Mayer demonstrates that to understand NAFTA, one must view it as simultaneously a matter of political interests, institutions, and ideas.

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An excellent example of using theory to illuminate a particular event. H-Net Reviews Mayer has produced an excellent political economy treatise on the conceptualization and launch of the North American Free Trade Agreement-probably the definitive treatment of the subject available today. -- I. Walter, New York University Choice Mayer'sInterpreting NAFTA: The Science and Art of Political Analysis quickly became a classic in the field... Mayer's conceptual framework creatively shows how rational choice, institutional process, and symbolic analysis are each incomplete yet complementary. His combination of crisp, accessible prose and an eclectic conceptual approach works well. -- Jonathan Fox Latin American Research Review

Introduction
A Framework for Political Analysis
Why a North American Free Trade Agreement?
Interpreting the Decision to Negotiate
The Uses and Limits of International Theory
Domestic Politics Matters: The Fast Track Fight
Interpreting the Domestic Politics of Decision
The Role of Institutions and Interests
Two-Level Bargaining: The NAFTA Negotiation
Interpreting International Negotiations
Domestic Politics and International Bargaining
Making Side Issues Central: The Labor and Environment Negotiations
Interpreting the Side Negotiations: Issue Linkage, Deep Nesting, and the Political Context
Symbolic Politics: Growing Grassroots Opposition
Interpreting Grassroots Opposition
The Markets for Meaning
Diagnosis and Strategy: The Campaign for NAFTA
Interpreting the Victory
Political Diagnosis and Political Strategy
Conclusions
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ISBN: 9780231109819
ISBN-10: 0231109814
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 374
Published: 26th September 1998
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.42  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.54

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