Monday, December 10, 2012

Buy American - WTO compatible?

Found this interesting website by the Coalition for a Prosperous America which encourages the purchase of locally produced products (in the US) as a way of supporting local production and the US economy. So you can buy anything from shirts to jeans online on this website - ALL MADE in the USA only. 

This, of course is not a US government mandate but an initiative of a private organization encouraging use of locally made products. Can measures taken by private parties be attributed to the government and thus potentially be subject to WTO action in cases where indirect or substantial government involvement exists? Is there any government involvement here? What is the relation of the Buy American Act provisions to this movement? Worth a study?

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