Dependent America?: How Canada and Mexico Construct and Constrain US Power
Published: April 2016© 2011
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 352 Pages
Illustrations: 11 figures
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
352 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 11 figures
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Following the acclaimed Uncle Sam and Us and the influential Does North America Exist? Stephen Clarkson — the preeminent analyst of North America's political economy — and Matto Mildenberger turn continental scholarship on its head by showing how Canada and Mexico contribute to the United States' wealth, security, and global power.
This provocative work documents how Canada and Mexico offer the United States open markets for its investments and exports, massive flows of skilled and unskilled labour, and vast resource inputs— all of which boost its size and competitiveness — more than does any other US partner. They are also Uncle Sam's most important allies in supporting its anti-terrorist and anti-narcotics security. Clarkson and Mildenberger explain the paradox of these two countries' simultaneous importance and powerlessness by showing how the US government has systematically neutralized their potential influence.
Detailing the dynamics of North America's power relations, Dependent America? is a fitting conclusion to Clarkson's celebrated trilogy on the contradictory qualities of its regionalism — asymmetrical economic integration, thickened borders, and emasculated governance.
Introduction: Is America "Dependent"?
Part I: Growing the United States' Economy
1. Making the US Economy Bigger and More Competitive
2. Supporting and Impeding US Energy Security
3. Constructing the US Labour Market
Part II: Building US Security
4. Continental Defence: Extending the United States' Military Perimeter
5. Building US Homeland Security against the Terrorist Threat
6 Constructing and Constraining US Narcotics Security
Part III: Constructing and Constraining the Reach of US Power
7. Supporting the Governance Base for US International Economic Power
8 Thwarting the United States in International Criminal Law
9. Offsetting the US Embargo of Revolutionary Cuba
Conclusion: Peripheral Visions
"Dependent America? is an engaging bookend to a remarkable trilogy on the elusive North American community. Clarkson and Mildenberger provide a refreshing challenge to the conventional wisdom of the U.S. as a self-determined power, and encourage especially Canadians to reflect more profoundly on their role in both constructing and limiting North America's interdependencies. The book also will certainly be welcomed as a unique contribution to broader debates on the hegemonic decline of the U.S." Jeffrey Ayres, Department of Political Science, Saint Michael's College.