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Power, Protection, and Free Trade
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Why do nations so frequently abandon unrestricted international commerce in favor of trade protectionism? David A. Lake contends that the dominant explanation, interest group theory, does not adequately explain American trade strategy or address the contradictory elements of cooperation and conflict that shape the international economy. Power, Protection, and Free Trade offers an alternative, systemic approach to trade strategy that builds on the interaction between domestic and international factors. In this innovative book, Lake maintains that both protection and free trade are legitimate and effective instruments of national policy, the considered responses of nations to varying international structures.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Titles, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I. Structure And Strategy
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. 1. A Theory of International Economic Structures
  2. pp. 19-65
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  1. 2. Structure, the State, and Trade Strategy
  2. pp. 66-88
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  1. Part II. American Trade Strategy
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. 3. Free Riding on Free Trade, 1887-1897
  2. pp. 91-118
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  1. 4. British Decline and American Opportunism, 1897-1912
  2. pp. 119-147
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  1. 5. The Politics of Opportunistic Accommodation, 1912-1930
  2. pp. 148-183
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  1. 6. Protection, Retaliation, and Response, 1930-1939
  2. pp. 184-215
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 216-232
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  1. Appendix: Relative Labor Productivity: Definitional and Operational Considerations
  2. pp. 233-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-242
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