Power, Protection, and Free Trade

9780801421341: Hardback
Release Date: 14th April 1988

9781501727993: Paperback
Release Date: 15th August 2018

Dimensions: 156 x 235

Number of Pages: 264

Series Cornell Studies in Political Economy

Cornell University Press

Power, Protection, and Free Trade

International Sources of U.S. Commercial Strategy, 1887–1939

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...
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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.

David A. Lake is the Gerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Professor of Social Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.

"Lake has written an excellent book. He is meticulous in showing when and how his predictions are confirmed or disconfirmed by the evidence. His version of structuralism in the trade area is by far the most sophisticated and nuanced we have. By focusing sharply on structure, he alerts us to external constraints and opportunities, and suggests interesting reinterpretations of particular historical events."

Stephan Haggard
American Political Science Review