A Perilous Imbalance: The Globalization of Canadian Law and Governance

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UBC Press, Dec 21, 2009 - Political Science - 360 pages
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As citizens of a middle power, Canadians know how it feels to be objects of global forces. But they are also agents of globalization who have helped build structures of transnational governance that have highly uneven impacts on prosperity, human security, and the environment, often for the worse. This timely book argues that these imbalances need to be recognized and corrected.

A Perilous Imbalance situates Canada's experience of globalization in the context of three interlinked trends: the emergence of a global supraconstitution, the transformation of the nation-state, and the growth of governance beyond the nation-state. The authors advocate a revitalization of the Canadian state as a vehicle for pursuing human security, ecological integrity, and social emancipation, and for creating spaces in which progressive, alternative forms of law and governance can unfold. This book shines an urgent light on the dangerous imbalances in contemporary forms of globalized governance that jeopardize not only Canadians but also citizens worldwide.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
3
Canadas Emerging Supraconstitution
45
Consolidating or Confronting Hegemony? Governance within and beyond the State
185
Notes
285
References
300
Acknowledgments
323
Index
326
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Stephen Clarkson is a professor of political economy at the University of Toronto and a senior fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Stepan Wood is a professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, and a Core Faculty member of the York Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability.

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