In trade policy, as in many other areas of public policy, decision makers often confront present and future problems with little understanding of how similar disputes were resolved in the past. Too often, busy public officials had no time to write or record negotiating histories. Revisiting U.S. Trade Policy, which is certain to become a classic in the literature of trade negotiations, is just such a record.
Built on the oral histories of thirty-five former U.S. trade policymakers - including Michael Blumenthal, Alonzo McDonald, William Roth, and Robert S. Strauss - this unique record, prepared for publication by Alfred E. Eckes, revisits some of the most important moments of America's trade liberalization program in the years after World War II.
From GATT to the World Trade Organization, these major players look back in candid hindsight at their decisions concerning trade policy and the effects that those decisions had on shaping the new international economic order.
Alfred E. Eckes, Jr., is Ohio Eminent Research Professor in Contemporary History at Ohio University and a former Commissioner and Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission. He is president of the International Trade and Finance Association.