Fighting to ensure “trade” agreements don’t undermine local policies

Starting with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the mid-90s, “trade” deals began imposing one-size-fits-all policies on states and cities. By invading policy space previously reserved for sub-federal governments, today’s “trade” agreements impose a form of international preemption. That means shifting an ever-increasing number of issues away from local decision-making bodies and into inaccessible foreign venues where few citizens or elected officials can follow.

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