Micropolitics and Canadian Business: Paper, Steel, and the Airlines

By Peter Clancy

© 2004

Micropolitics and Canadian Business explores the internal structure of industry politics in contemporary Canada. This "micropolitics" approach offers a revealing set of conceptual tools and models that illuminate the politics of everyday business at the industry, firm, and policy issue levels. It builds wider contexts in which the concrete particulars of business-government relations can be explored and understood in a systematic fashion.

The approach developed is a comparative one. The book examines three industries—paper, steel, and airlines—carefully chosen to represent a revealing cross-section of a vast economic field covering the primary (resource), secondary (manufacturing), and tertiary (service) sectors of the economy. In addition, one industry (pulp and paper) is primarily export-oriented, another (steel) focuses mainly on domestic sales, and the third (air transport) is strongly grounded in both.

The book applies to each a common set of questions and applies a similar set of methods. Separate chapters on each industry begin with a brief review of current industry concerns, followed by a historical and structural survey of that industry. Each chapter continues with studies of two leading firms, highlighting their internal politics and their strategic orientations. Since firms are the building blocks of industry, they tell us much about the larger structures of political power. Finally, each chapter examines two significant public policy controversies whose scope extends beyond core business boundaries.

Micropolitics and Canadian Business specifically analyzes three industries; however, the approach used may be applied to a much wider universe of companies and sectors. Throughout, this book furthers our understanding of the complex contexts of business politics. As such, it will be of interest to both students and practitioners of business and government relations.

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Micropolitics and Canadian Business explores the internal structure of industry politics in contemporary Canada.

Micropolitics and Canadian Business: Paper, Steel, and the Airlines

By Peter Clancy

© 2004

Micropolitics and Canadian Business explores the internal structure of industry politics in contemporary Canada. This "micropolitics" approach offers a revealing set of conceptual tools and models that illuminate the politics of everyday business at the industry, firm, and policy issue levels. It builds wider contexts in which the concrete particulars of business-government relations can be explored and understood in a systematic fashion.

The approach developed is a comparative one. The book examines three industries—paper, steel, and airlines—carefully chosen to represent a revealing cross-section of a vast economic field covering the primary (resource), secondary (manufacturing), and tertiary (service) sectors of the economy. In addition, one industry (pulp and paper) is primarily export-oriented, another (steel) focuses mainly on domestic sales, and the third (air transport) is strongly grounded in both.

The book applies to each a common set of questions and applies a similar set of methods. Separate chapters on each industry begin with a brief review of current industry concerns, followed by a historical and structural survey of that industry. Each chapter continues with studies of two leading firms, highlighting their internal politics and their strategic orientations. Since firms are the building blocks of industry, they tell us much about the larger structures of political power. Finally, each chapter examines two significant public policy controversies whose scope extends beyond core business boundaries.

Micropolitics and Canadian Business specifically analyzes three industries; however, the approach used may be applied to a much wider universe of companies and sectors. Throughout, this book furthers our understanding of the complex contexts of business politics. As such, it will be of interest to both students and practitioners of business and government relations.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Peter Clancy is Professor of Political Science and an associate with Interdisciplinary Studies in Aquatic Resources (ISAR) at St. Francis Xavier University. He is the author of Offshore Petroleum Politics: Regulation and Risk in the Scotian Basin (2011) as well as Micropolitics and Canadian Business: Paper, Steel, and the Airlines (2004), and, with Anders Sandberg, Against the Grain: Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia (2000).
  • Table of contents

    Lists of Figures, Maps, and Tables
    Acronyms
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Sources

    Chapter One: Concepts and Frameworks

    Exploring the Politics of Firms
          The Firm as a Political Coalition
          Corporate Strategy
    Exploring the Politics of Industries
          Industry Classification
          Market Structure
          Industry versus Business
          Product Cycle
    Exploring the Politics of the State
          Policy Analysis
          Policy Cycle
          Policy Networks
    Conclusion
    Key Terms and Relationships

    Chapter Two: Pulp and Paper Politics

    The Industry at the Millennium
    Overview
    Historical Development
    Structure
    Strategies
          Domtar Inc.: A Diversified Eastern Canadian Pulp and Paper Producer
          Stora Forest Industries: A Foreign Subsidiary in a Distant Market
    Policy Issues
          The Regulation of Pulp Mill Effluent
          The Pulp and Paper Modernization Program, 1979-1984
    Conclusion
    Key Terms and Relationships

    Chapter Three: Steel Politics

    The Industry at the Millennium
    Overview
    Historical Development
    Structure
    Strategies
          Steel Company of Canada (Stelco Inc.): Profile of an Industry Leader
          Interprovincial Steel Company (IPSCO Inc.): From Regional Mini-mill to Multinational
    Policy Issues
          The Sysco-Algoma Rail Dispute: Inter-firm Conflict in a Situation of Surplus Capacity
          Steel Trade Politics: Dumping and Safeguards, 1997-2002
    Conclusion
    Key Terms and Relationships

    Chapter Four: The Politics of Air Transport

    The Industry at the Millennium
    Overview
    Historical Development
    Structure
    Strategies
          Air Canada: The Life and Times of a Flag Carrier
          Canadian Airlines International and its Antecedents: The Private-Sector Alternative
    Policy Issues
          Canada-US "Open Skies": Free Trade in the Air?
          Onex and the Air Canada Monopoly: The Takeover/Merger Issue of 1999
    Conclusion
    Key Terms and Relationships

    Chapter Five: Conclusion

    Industries are Politically, as well as Economically, Constituted
    Multiple Fields of Engagement
    Globalization's Many Shapes
    Policy Networks as Crucial Connectors
    State Capacities Make a Difference
    Beware of Simple Dichotomies
    Never Discount the Wider Political Context
    A Final Word

    Chapter Six: Postscript: Micropolitics Marches On

    The Softwood Lumber Dispute and the Canfor-Slocan Merger
    North American Steel Safeguards and the WTO Challenge
    Air Canada and the Special World of Bankruptcy Protection
    Conclusion

    Appendix: Micropolitics on the World Wide Web

    Pulp and Paper
    Steel
    Airline Transport

    References

    Index

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