Imports and Politics: Trade Decision-making in Canada, 1968-1979

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Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1980 - Canada - 175 pages
From the Executive Summary: This study of federal government trade decision-making focuses on the traditional concerns of commercial policy - tariffs and non-tariff barriers to imports...In contrast to many IRRP studies, this one does not specifically aspire to reform the trade decision-making process in Canada. Its more restricted purpose is to provide, as objectivelly as possible, a descriptive analysis of how trade decisions were made by the Trudeau government in the years 1968 to 1979. This empirical orientation is reflected in our testing of several well-known decision models against information gathered in interviews with politicians, public servants and private citizens. These decision models are outlined in Chapter One....Chapter Two consists of a description of the broad environment of trade decision-makers...It is intended primarily as backgroun for the uninitiated. The three chapters following analyze the roles of private groups and government institutions participating in the process off making trade policy....Chapter Six presents a case study using the various decision models as analytical tools. It deals with the imposition of quantitiative controls on "low cost" textiles and clothing imports...Chapter Seven summarizes the general features of trade decision-making in the Trudea government....Chapters Eight and Nine present a comparative analysis of decision-making in several trade policy "subsystems"....The study ends with a discussion of the frequency of and the conditions requisite to the functioning of the different decision models.

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DECISION MODELS AND THE ANALYSIS
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5 The Individual Model
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PROFILES OF TRADE POLICY ACTORS
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