“The Little State Department”: Hollywood and the MPAA’s Influence on U.S. Trade Relations

Lee, Kevin | January 1, 2008

In this article, I argue that the U.S. government has actively advocated domestic film industry interests in bilateral and multilateral trade agreements because of Hollywood’s importance to the U.S. economy, and also because of the MPAA’s influential lobbying efforts. Furthermore, I show that the MPAA has intervened directly in bilateral trade relations to protect its interests, even when such interests may run counter to the benefit of the U.S. economy.