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The 'Helping Hand' in Trade Agreements: An Analysis of and Proposal for Labor Provisions in U.S. Free Trade Agreements

53 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2010  

Marisa Anne Pagnattaro

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick claims that the “administration’s trade policy promotes economic growth at home and abroad, while improving labor...conditions overseas.” Defending recent trade agreements he asserts that to “continue producing results that improve lives home and abroad, we need to extend not a clenched fist but a helping hand.” What kind of “helping hand” is the U.S. is extending? To answer this question, Part II of this article provides some background about the call for enforceable international labor standards; Part III discusses the substance of the core labor standards; Part IV analyzes labor provisions in recent U.S. free trade agreements; and, to the extent that these provisions fall short of fully fulfilling the labor objectives set forth by Congress, Part V proposes actual labor provisions that the United States should include in its free trade agreements.

Keywords: Helping Hand, Trade Agreements, Free Trade

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Pagnattaro, Marisa Anne, The 'Helping Hand' in Trade Agreements: An Analysis of and Proposal for Labor Provisions in U.S. Free Trade Agreements (2004). Florida Journal of International Law, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1565500

Marisa Anne Pagnattaro (Contact Author)

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business ( email )

Brooks Hall
Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

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