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U.S. Business and Global Treaties: Lobbying as It Effects Multilateral Agreement

Gerald Cavanagh


We examine negotiations for six international treaties and agreements to determine the influence that business had on the U.S. government’s position. The treaties: The Kyoto Treaty on Global Warming, North American Free Trade Agreement, OECD Anti-Bribery Agreement, Air Crash Liability Treaty, Law of the Sea Treaty and the Infant Formula Agreement. Business lobbying for these treaties had a strong influence on the U.S. position under all administrations, and that impact has been greater with Republican presidents.


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