Trade and the American Dream: A Social History of Postwar Trade Policy
ISBN 10: 0813119553 / 0-8131-1955-3
ISBN 13: 9780813119557
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Publication Date: 1996
About this title:
In Trade and the American Dream, Susan Aaronson highlights a previously ignored dimension of United States trade policy: public understanding. Focusing on the debate over the three mechanisms designed to govern world trade - the International Trade Organization (ITO), the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) - she examines how policymakers communicate and how the public comprehends trade policy. As "the American century" draws to a close, the message is clear: the American public's aspirations - indeed, the traditional pursuit of the American Dream - should be reflected in international trade policy. Aaronson suggests ways to create greater public understanding for the GATT/WTO and international trade as America enters the twenty-first century. If national trade policy is to play in Peoria, Americans must first understand it.
About the Author:
Susan Ariel Aaronson is assistant professor of history at the University of North Texas and guest scholar of economics at the Brookings Institution, where she researched and wrote much of Trade and the American Dream. Her research on public understanding of global trade policy has been featured in Time, The Wall Street Journal, and on C-SPAN and National Public Radio.
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