Wednesday, 20th June 2012
US Election Note: International Trade Policy after 2012
Source: Chatham House (UK)
The 2012 presidential election is occurring as the US economy emerges from a significant recession. While trade is (a small) part of the campaign debate, it remains an emotional ‘wedge issue’ for the electorate, as it has been for the last 25 years. In January 2013, the new administration will address issues such as job creation, free trade agreements (FTAs), trade promotion authority (TPA, also called ‘fast track’ authority), and the trade deficit. Exogenous factors such as the unemployment rate, which party controls Congress and the global economic climate will dictate the speed and scope of engagement, and trade is likely to remain a political battleground for the foreseeable future.
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