David Brown

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Sattelmeyer - Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. Daniel Franklin

Third Advisor

Dr. Charles Hankla


This study examines the effect that divided or unified government, in the United States of America, has on the delegation of trade authority to the President. Using a qualitative analysis approach, I examine competing views and formulate an independent opinion based on the peoples’ preferences and evaluation of the principles of America’s Constitutionalism. I conclude that overemphasis on the impact of divided government is misleading because trade issues provide the primary mechanism which determines the implementation of America’s trade policies, and the principles of Constitutionalism are valuable guidelines. Blended with the discussion is the awareness of an American ethos which challenges formulation of trade agreements in an era of increased globalization.