The Political Economy of Canada: An Introduction

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Political Science - 384 pages
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Debates on the role of the state and the viability of Canadian economic development are especially intense during periods of change, such as the contemporary era of globalization. In this completely revised, updated, and enlarged second edition of The Political Economy of Canada Professors Howlett, Netherton, and Ramesh outline the principal structural elements of the Canadian political economy and describe the importance of such factors as resources, social class, and international trade. The authors stress the significance of political institutions at the national, international, and subnational levels that substantially affect the production and distribution of wealth. Three chapters consider the strengths and weaknesses of major approaches to Canada's political economy, the liberal and socialist theories as well as the staples approach pioneered by Harold Innis. Subsequent chapters explore the structure and organization of, and the interrelationships between, the state,labour, and capital in Canada, and show how their fragmented and decentralized nature limits the capacity of governments to 'manage' a globalized economy. The book outlines the history of the domestic political economy and examines how Canada is linked to the international political economy through the World Trade Organization and NAFTA. Particular attention is devoted to the constraints imposed on the Canadian state by a market-oriented, resource-exporting economy and by growing reliance on US trade. The final chapters examine monetary and fiscal management and industrial policy, demonstrating how these policy arenas are shaped by ideology, new globalizing and regionalizing constraints, and the (dis)organization of the major policy actors.

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Liberal Political Economy
14
Socialist Political Economy
44
Staples Political Economy
81
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Michael Howlett specializes in public policy analysis, Canadian political economy, and Canadian resource and environmental policy. He is the author of numerous books and his articles have been published in professional journals in Canada, the US, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. Prof. Ramesh completed his MA in Political Science at the University of Saskatchewan and his PhD at the University of British Columbia. He has taught public policy and political economy for several years in Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. He is currently working on the political economy of social policies in Eastern Asia.

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