NAFTA & Politics
Examines factional conflict in political party struggle over trade agreement, post-NAFTA political fallout, protectionism.
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This research paper analyzes the North American Free Trade Treaty (NAFTA) and other possible Western Hemisphere trade pacts in terms of political party support. In November, 1993, NAFTA was approved by the Congress after a divisive political battle during which traditional party alignments were shattered. NAFTA was passed primarily because of Republican support. The controversy over NAFTA produced a profound split in the Democratic Party which the Clinton Administration overcame with difficulty. Since 1993, the prospects for extension of NAFTA to other Latin American nations have been jeopardized by the rise of domestic protectionist and neo-nationalist sentiment within both parties which has been fueled by negative developments in the Mexican…