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When Do Consumer Boycotts Work?

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 - 3:20am

Uber, Starbucks, Budweiser. These are just a few of the brands that have faced consumer boycotts for taking supposedly political stances in the past few weeks. Still, it is unclear whether most of these boycotts will negatively affect sales or change company policy.

When does "voting with your wallet" work?


Social Media Boycotts Succeed When They Reflect a Movement
Americus Reed, professor, Wharton School of Business

Boycotts Force Corporations to Confront Consumer Ideals
Judith Samuelson, Aspen Institute

New Terms for Nafta?

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 - 3:30am

Last week, President Trump made good on his promise to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, formally abandoning the 12-nation trade agreement. During his campaign, he also ran against the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, calling it the “worst trade deal ever.”

Pulling out of the 25-year-old trade agreement would be an arduous process and risky for the U.S., but experts say there is room to renegotiate the terms of the deal.

If the Trump administration is going to renegotiate Nafta, what should and shouldn't be on the table?


Nafta's Corporate Goodies Are Its Biggest Problem
Lori M. Wallach, Public Citizen

Improved Workers' Rights for Mexicans Will Benefit U.S.
Harley Shaiken, University of California, Berkeley

End Patent and Copyright Requirements
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Don't Renegotiate Nafta
Eugene Beaulieu, University of Calgary

Eliminate Provisions That Protect Polluters
Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians

Keep the Trade Deal; the U.S. Needs Mexico to Prosper
Luis Rubio, Mexican Council on Foreign Relations