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Unformatted text preview: Kate Campbell Global Perspectives Response 6 March 17, 2008 In this chapter of Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy , Pietra Rivoli discusses the influence of politics in trade. Through this she discusses the alphabet army (Rivoli, 114) and their influence on the presidents and congress as well as how foreign policy has come into play when deciding on new trade restrictions. What is very interesting is to see how U.S. trade restrictions reflect very much the foreign policies that the U.S. has with each country. Also, it is interesting how Rivoli presents the inner workings of politics, how politicians will do and say what will get them reelected. On pages 120 and 121 of Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy Rivoli spends a lot of time discussing the tariff rate for different countries and the U.S. import limits. It is very fascinating how much these tariff rates and import limits mirror U.S. foreign policy. For example, Rivoli states that In 2003, cotton T-shirts that did not meet the requirements for preferential treatment were...
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- Spring '08