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Author Paarlberg, Robert L.

Title Leadership abroad begins at home : U.S. foreign economic policy after the Cold War / Robert L. Paarlberg
Published Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, [1995]


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Description xxv, 115 pages ; 24 cm
Series Integrating national economies
Integrating national economies.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Outward-First and Inward-First Leadership. Outward-First Leadership. Inward-First Leadership -- 3. Changing Circumstances. The Unusual Postwar Period. Passing of the Postwar Period -- 4. Underlying Constraints on Outward-First U.S. Leadership. Divided Government. Congressional Power over Trade. Disunity and Discontinuity in the Executive. Transparency of Policymaking. Legalism in Policymaking. Federalism. An Insular Popular Culture -- 5. U.S. Suitability for Inward-First Leadership. Options in Fiscal, Agricultural, and Environmental Policy -- 6. Leadership Abroad Begins at Home -- Comments / Jeffry A. Frieden
Summary In this highly readable book, part of the Brookings Integrating National Economies series, Paarlberg offers an in-depth examination of the merits of an inward-first approach to economic policy leadership. He contends that this approach should not be equated with protectionism, because it refers only to policy sequence, not to content. To the extent that inward-first is unilateral, he maintains that unilateral action at home can pave the way for cooperative action abroad. He tests his argument with more detailed studies in several different policy arenas - including international fiscal policy coordination and discipline, agricultural policy reform, and global environmental policy. Leadership Abroad Begins at Home presents an instructive survey of American political and policymaking institutions, and of America's changing position in the world
The U.S. economy is not as strong as it once was in relation to other economies. The security imperatives of the cold war have largely evaporated. And Congress is certainly no longer deferential to the executive branch. Under these new circumstances, outward-first international conferences, international negotiations, and international agreements may not work as a starting point for international economic cooperation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 103-107) and index
Subject United States -- Economic policy -- 1993-
United States -- Economic policy -- 1993-2001.
United States -- Foreign economic relations.
LC no. 94034565
ISBN 0815768036