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The Free-Trade Doctrine and Commercial Diplomacy of Condy Raguet


  • Stephen Meardon

    () (Department of Economics, Bowdoin College)


Condy Raguet (1784-1842) was the first Charg%E9 d'Affaires from the United States to Brazil and a conspicuous author of political economy from the 1820s to the early 1840s. He contributed to the era's free-trade doctrine as editor of influential periodicals, most notably The Banner of the Constitution. Before leading the free-trade cause, however, he was poised to negotiate a reciprocity treaty between the United States and Brazil, acting under the authority of Secretary of State and protectionist apostle Henry Clay. Raguet's career and ideas provide a window into the uncertain relationship of reciprocity to the cause of free trade.

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  • Stephen Meardon, 2011. "The Free-Trade Doctrine and Commercial Diplomacy of Condy Raguet," Working Papers 1, Bowdoin College, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:bwd:wpaper:1

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    Condy Raguet; Free Trade; Reciprocity; Trade Agreements; Brazil;

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    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • N41 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913

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