HISTORY OF TRADE POLICY
Focuses on the evolution of U.S. trade policy, beginning with Alexander Hamilton and the earliest policies adopted by the young Republic, through the protectionist trade policies of the 1920s and 1930s, to the postwar development of more liberal policies. This module highlights the political forces that give rise to major policy changes and stresses how political compromises among competing interest groups lie behind many of the major trade policies in effect today. The evolution of trade policies in other countries will be touched upon briefly but will be covered in greater depth in elective modules.
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