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Bachelor of Arts
Political Science and International Affairs
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Major or Concentration
This paper explores the 2016 Trump campaign's position on trade. It starts from the perspective of a Republican Party that has traditionally focused on promoting free trade and an executive branch that had been seemingly designed structurally to promote free trade. The Trump campaign was a drastic change in both standards as it successfully advocated more protectionist positions. The paper looked at all of Trump's 2016 campaign documents and compiled ones focusing on trade. Through a qualitative analysis, this is contrasted against previous Republican presidential campaigns. Ultimately, the Trump administration had pursued a novel strategy of using a protectionist platform to win over specific regions of the electoral college.
Huebler, John, "Trump’s 2016 Campaign, the Republican Party, and Trade" (2020). Student Research Submissions. 323.