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Research Collection School of Social Sciences

2009

Presidential power

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Proclaiming Trade Policy: 'Delegated Unilateral Powers' And The Limits On Presidential Unilateral Enactment Of Trade Policy, Brandon Rottinghaus, Elvin T. Lim Feb 2009

Proclaiming Trade Policy: 'Delegated Unilateral Powers' And The Limits On Presidential Unilateral Enactment Of Trade Policy, Brandon Rottinghaus, Elvin T. Lim

Research Collection School of Social Sciences

This article examines presidential proclamations on trade policy, a categoryof presidential unilateral power that we call delegated unilateral power thatis used frequently in creating or modifying trade policy, between the period1974 and 2006 and tests the boundaries of the explanations predicted by theunilateral powers literature. We also find that the use of proclamations ontrade policy is independent of the partisan balance in Congress. The use ofproclamations modifying policies was the only tactic that comported withpredicted actions from the unilateral presidency. Therefore, contrary to theexpectations of the unilateral presidency, presidents are not unrestrainedpolitical agents on trade policy, and although presidents have ...