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Title: Opting out of the Iron triangle the US chemical industry and US chemical weapons policy
Authors: Winzoski, K. 
Keywords: Chemical industry
Chemical weapons
Chemical weapons convention
United states
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Source: Winzoski, K. (2011-07). Opting out of the Iron triangle the US chemical industry and US chemical weapons policy. Nonproliferation Review 18 (2) : 331-347. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Between the 1960s and the 1990s, the US chemical industry went from lobbying against the Geneva Protocol and promoting increased funding for chemical warfare to refusing to produce binary chemical weapons and assisting with the negotiations of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)*even though the treaty included provisions that could be costly to industry. What happened in those thirty years to make the US chemical industry reverse its position on chemical weapons? This article argues these changes were largely caused by the chemical industry's desire to reform the negative public image it had acquired due to its involvement in the Agent Orange scandal and other high-profile incidents during the 1970s and 1980s. The chemical industry's assistance with CWC negotiations may be explained after an examination of the US public policy literature, which argues that industry will support apparently costly regulations if doing so helps it repair a damaged public image and ensures greater profits in the long run.
Source Title: Nonproliferation Review
ISSN: 10736700
DOI: 10.1080/10736700.2011.583116
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