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External Pressure, National Response: Industrial Adjustment in Canada since the 1970s

External Pressure, National Response: Industrial Adjustment in Canada since the 1970s

by Prosper M. Bernard


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External Pressure, National Response: Industrial Adjustment in Canada since the 1970s

The erosion of Canadian industrial strength in the early 1970s prompted Canada to rethink its postwar industrial adjustment strategy. From the early 1970s to the early 1980s, Ottawa tried trade diversification, foreign investment regulation, and an interventionist industrial policy. This path of policy development, however, produced limited positive results. In response to new opportunities and constraints in the mid-1980s, the Canadian government switched to a new policy path that sought to deregulate the domestic market and establish a continental institutional framework—with rules that would guarantee market access and facilitate the settlement of trade disputes. Since then, industrial adjustment has been shaped by liberal continentalism. This book develops a theoretical framework to account for the sequence of industrial adjustment policy actions between the early seventies and first decade of the twenty-first century, explaining why liberal continentalism has emerged as the dominant policy framework.

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ISBN-13: 9780761845782
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 06/16/2009
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Prosper M. Bernard, Jr., Ph.D., currently teaches political science at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University. He specializes in comparative political economy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 1. Introduction Chapter 3 PART 1: Theoretical Framework and Historical Overview Chapter 4 2. Explaining Industrial Adjustment Policy Chapter 5 3. The Role of the Canadian State in the Economy Chapter 6 PART II: The Strategy of Economic Nationalism Chapter 7 4. The Limits of Trade Diversification Chapter 8 5. The Limits of State Entrepreneurship and Gatekeeping Chapter 9 PART III: The Stratgy of Liberal Continentalism Chapter 10 6. The Market as a Political Economic Solution Chapter 11 7. Industrial Adjustment in the 1990s and Beyond Chapter 12 References Chapter 13 Index

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