2024 Student Research Conference:
37th Annual Student Research Conference

Implementation of Transnational Agreements: The Role of Language and Never-Implemented Provisions

Maria F. Pareja Avalos
Dr. Candy Young, Faculty Mentor

Implementing an international trade agreement is a complex and challenging process that requires the cooperation of multiple countries and stakeholders. This process becomes more complicated as language barriers may exacerbate potential misinterpretations that may impact how the trade agreement is implemented. This paper analyzes the implementation of the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement and draws on Mazmanian and Sabatier’s models of implementation and Majone and Wildavsky’s concept of “implementation as evolution.” The research analyzes congressional and executive government documents as well as academic literature, economic data, and contemporary news sources to explore various potential benefits of international trade agreements, including increased economic growth, job creation, and access to new markets. This paper also analyzes the problems of implementing the agreement. It concludes that while the U.S. - Peru trade promotion agreement brought financial benefits to both countries, its environmental provisions were not implemented as effectively. Overall, research suggests that language barriers and the novelty of provisions in the agreement lessened effective policy implementation.

Keywords: Implementation, Public policy, Transnational agreements, Environmental provisions, Language

Topic(s):Political Science

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 303-3
Location: SUB Georgian B
Time: 1:15

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