Governing under Stress: Middle Powers and the Challenge of Globalization [NOOK Book]

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Certain countries are characterised by the distinctive structural condition of semi-peripherality. Whether defined in social, cultural, economic or simply spatial terms, semi-peripheral countries share a consciousness of subordination to the centre - specifically the United States - as well as the means to resist. This differentiates them from both those countries at the centre which lack any such consciousness, and poor and powerless countries on the periphery. The contributors focus on four countries in North ...
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Governing under Stress: Middle Powers and the Challenge of Globalization

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Overview

Certain countries are characterised by the distinctive structural condition of semi-peripherality. Whether defined in social, cultural, economic or simply spatial terms, semi-peripheral countries share a consciousness of subordination to the centre - specifically the United States - as well as the means to resist. This differentiates them from both those countries at the centre which lack any such consciousness, and poor and powerless countries on the periphery. The contributors focus on four countries in North America, Central America, Europe and the Antipodes - namely Canada, Mexico, Norway and Australia. They examine the international institutions, including NAFTA, the WTO and the EU, forming the framework for globalization. They detail the constraints facing these countries and the possibilities for pursuing their own independent policies. They discuss the new economic, political and social issues of governance that are emerging, and the possibilities for the future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848136953
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 7/4/2013
  • Series: Globalization and the Semi-Periphery
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen Clarkson is in the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.

Marjorie Griffin Cohen is Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Governance under Globalism in the Semi-Periphery—Stephen Clarkson and M.G. Cohen
Part 1: The Setting
• Quasi-constitutional Arrangements in the OECD, EU, WTO and NAFTA—Steve McBride and John Fossum
• Globalization, Zonal Configuration, Semi-periphery, and the Economic Sustainability of Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Norway—Satoshi Ikeda
Part 2: The New Institutional Context
• Mexico: Relocating the State within a New Global Regime—Alejandro Alvarez
• The Semi-Periphery as Rule-Maker and Rule Taker: Canada's External Constitution under Global Trade Governance—Stephen Clarkson
• Globalization in Norwegian-peculiarities at the European Fringe—Oyvind Osterud
• Australia: Asian outpost or big-time financial dealer?—Dick Bryan
Part 3: New Issues & Implications
• The Future of Independent Semi-Periphery Currencies—Paul Bowles
• The Deregulation of the Canadian Electricity Industry and the GATS—M.G. Cohen
• How NAFTA and International Institutions Constrain Mexican Governance—T. Gutiérrez Haces
• Norway, the EEA and Neo—liberal Globalism—John Eric Fossum
• Australia: Neo-liberal Globalism and the Local State—Ray Broomhill
• Taking Investments Too Far: Expropriation in the Semi-Periphery—David Schneiderman
• Conclusion: Neoliberal Governance, State Capacity, and Social Policy Formation in the Semi-Periphery—Janine Brodie

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