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Congressional voting on DR-CAFTA: the ineffectiveness of environmental lobbying

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  • Pauline Abetti
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    This paper examines the determinants of Congressional voting on CAFTA, focusing on environmental lobbying. Empirical results indicate that the environment was in fact not a major point of contention during the CAFTA vote. Campaign contributions were, however, an important factor in determining the vote. Indeed, with no contributions from labor or business, the CAFTA would not have passed. Employment in the sensitive sectors of CAFTA, sugar and textiles, were also critical in affecting the vote. An unanticipated result in this analysis was the effect of income on the CAFTA vote - poorer districts favored the agreement.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Policy Reform.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 11-20

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    Keywords: international trade; trade agreements; trade and the environment; lobbying;

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    Cited by:
    1. John Gilbert & Reza Oladi, 2012. "Net campaign contributions, agricultural interests, and votes on liberalizing trade with China," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 150(3), pages 745-769, March.

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