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.
Here are some resources that advocates and researchers are using to fight for U.S. trade policy that works for us all.