Focusing on the Bush administration's Structural Impediments Initiative and the more recent Clinton Framework talks, Schoppa offers a detailed critical examination of the outcome of recent U.S.--Japan trade talks and provides a comprehensive account of the political climate on both sides of the Pacific, drawing lessons about which tactics are most likely to work best for the U.S.
The best analysis to date of the roles and limits of foreign pressure in international negotiations. . . . develops a strong, sophisticated critique of U.S. economic dealings with Japan during the Bush and Clinton administrations. . . . deserves a wide audience on both sides of the Pacific.