Racing to the Bottom?: Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation

Racing to the Bottom?: Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation

by Kathryn Harrison
     
 

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The spectre of a "race to the bottom" is increasingly prominent in debates about globalization and also within federal systems where the mobility of both capital and individuals prompts fears of interjurisdictional competition with respect to taxes and environmental and welfare standards. While there has been no shortage of either political rhetoric or academic… See more details below

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The spectre of a "race to the bottom" is increasingly prominent in debates about globalization and also within federal systems where the mobility of both capital and individuals prompts fears of interjurisdictional competition with respect to taxes and environmental and welfare standards. While there has been no shortage of either political rhetoric or academic theorizing on this subject, empirical studies have been in shorter supply. This volume seeks to fill that gap by asking: Are Canadian provinces engaged in a race to the bottom and, if so, what are the consequences? The contributors apply insights from economics and political science to several policy fields. What emerges is a theoretical and empirical picture of interprovincial competition that shows it to be more complex than the popular image of a race to the bottom and that also contradicts predictions of an inexorable downward spiral.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780774812252
Publisher:
University of British Columbia Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Equality, Security, Community Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Ron Kneebone
This book gives researchers the opportunity to understand how specialists in other disciplines and with different points of view understand the issue of provincial interdependence. A very important topic, of immediate concern to policy makers, written by well-known experts: a winning combination.

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