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Michael O. Moore

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January 1996Steel Protection in the 1980s: The Waning Influens of Big Steel?
in The Political Economy of American Trade Policy, Anne O. Krueger, editor
The Rise and Fall of Big Steel's Influence on U.S. Trade Policy
in The Political Economy of Trade Protection, Anne O. Krueger, editor
June 1994Steel Protection in the 1980s: The Waning Influence of Big Steel?
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The U.S. integrated steel industry has been very successful in securing import protection over the last 20 years. Critical to that success has been a cohesive coalition of steel producers, the steelworkers' union and 'steel-town' congressional representatives. The political strength of this coalition has diminished substantially over the last decade as the integrated steel industry has restructured and as domestic minimills have played an increasingly important role in the U.S. steel sector. In addition, an effective domestic coalition of steel-using industries acted as a critical counterweight beginning with the fight over a VRA extension in 1989. After 1989, quotas on steel were non-binding and the industry was largely unsuccessful in obtaining antidumping duties in its 1993 unfair tr...

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