The March 2002 decision by President George W. Bush to impose tariffs on some imported steel capped a long-running campaign by the U.S. steel industry and their unions for support in dealing with surges of cheap imported steel, often said to be sold in the United States under its production costs. The Bush decision was convinced that a free trade agreement-oriented government would take no action are likely viewed as protectionist as a surprise to many. This case provides definitive historical cont … Read more »

The March 2002 decision by President George W. Bush to impose tariffs on some imported steel capped a long-running campaign by the U.S. steel industry and their unions for support in dealing with surges of cheap imported steel, often said to be sold in the United States under its production costs. The Bush decision was convinced that a free trade agreement-oriented government would take no action are likely viewed as protectionist as a surprise to many. This case has definite historical context for those who understand the Bush decision. It uses the long-running dispute over whether measures should be taken to limit the amount of steel by the U.S. as a window on the wide range of legal factors, and the players, the imported influence the development of American trade policy. The event draws the steel dispute by the end of the 20th Century, with particular emphasis on the Clinton administration. It provides a primer on trade laws, especially the role of the Commerce Department, which indicates whether illegally “dumping” (selling below production costs or home market price) place of imported goods is determined, and the International Trade Commission, the quasi-judicial Federal authority on whether the imports have injured a domestic industry governed. HKS CERTIFICATE 1651.0
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Susan Rosegrant,
Steve Kelman
34 pages.
Release date: 01 March, 2002. Prod #: HKS075-PDF-ENG
Winning the U.S. Government Response to Steel Industry and Union Efforts to protection against imports (1998-2003) HBR case solution: stand up for steel