Politics in North America: Redefining Continental Relations
It is no longer sufficient to examine discrete nation-states in isolation from each other. In Politics in North America: Redefining Continental Relations, prominent authors from Canada, the United States, and Mexico explore the politics of redefining the institutional, economic, geographic, and cultural boundaries of North America. The contributors argue that the study of politics in the twenty-first century requires simultaneous attention to all levels (local, national, and international) as well as, increasingly, to continents. This argument is explored through the historical and contemporary social and political forces that have created competing visions of what it means to belong to a North American political community. In this process, new debates emerge in the book concerning the appropriate role for the state, as well as the meaning of sovereignty, democracy, and rights.
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- Page Count: 512 pages
- Dimensions: 7.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
ReviewsThe intricate essence of North American politics has been resourcefully captured and explored in this book through the lens of regional and continental dynamics, an approach that is commonly referred to but hardly achieved with the political sensibility and theoretical completion as does Politics in North America.
Jose Luis Valdes-Ugalde, Director, Centro de Investigaciones sobre America del Norte, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
This path-breaking, comprehensive collection establishes a new benchmark for the emerging study of transnational politics, economics, and society in North America. Drawing on multiple disciplines, deep historical awareness, rigorous data, and innovative analytical frameworks, the Canadian, Mexican, and US contributors paint a panoramic view of North America as an increasingly, and surprisingly, interconnected world region. Their analyses make fascinating reading and elaborate compelling new approaches to a wide array of historical, political, cultural, and economic questions.
Jefferey Sellers, University of Southern California
This is an unusual and much-needed book that views North America as a unit. It considers institutional and economic relations within Mexico, the United States, and Canada as well as political and economic relations among all three. This refreshing perspective offers new insights about all three nations as well as about the relationship among them. With respect to the US for example, it asks us to look at the US both from the outside as well as from within. The book is well-written and accessible, and there is something here for both comparativists and students of international relations. The book will be helpful to scholars as well as to graduate and undergraduate students in either field.
Leslie E. Anderson, University of Florida
Politics in North America: Redefining Continental Relations provides a comprehensive overview of the critical political and cultural issues that characterize the evolving North American relationship. It is refreshing to read the work of some scholars who are new to the field as well as that by more established analysts.
Stephen J. Randall, FRSC, Director, Institute for United States Policy Research, University of Calgary
Author InformationYasmeen Abu-Laban is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. The author, with Christina Gabriel, of Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity, and Globalization (University of Toronto Press, 2002), she has also written numerous articles on citizenship theory and the comparative dimensions of migration, nationalism, and identity politics.
Radha Jhappan is Associate Professor at Carleton University in the Department of Political Science. She has published in the areas of indigenous peoples' politics and law, Canadian socio-political history, constitutional law and politics, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, race and gender in feminist theory, and feminist legal theory and litigation strategies.
François Rocher is Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He has held a similar position at Carleton University, where he was also director of the School of Canadian Studies. He is the co-editor, with Miriam Smith, of New Trends in Canadian Federalism (University of Toronto Press, 2003) and has extensively published on constitutional politics, intergovernmental relations, immigration, and citizenship in Canada.
Table of contentsAcknowledgements
Introduction, Radha Jhappan and Yasmeen Abu-Laban
Part I: History and the Politics of Defining and Redefining North America
1. The "New World": Legacies of European Colonialism in North America, Radha Jhappan
2. Nation-building and Regionalism in the US, Canada, and Mexico, Claude Couture
3. The Roots of North American Economic Development, Teresa Gutierrez-Haces
Part II: Redefining Institutional Relations: Continents, States, and Federalism
4. The Governance of North America: NAFTA's Complex Institutional Structure, Stephen Clarkson and Roopa Rangaswami
5. Birth of a Union: Lessons for North America from the European Union, Vincent Della Sala
6. Globalization and the Democratic Deficit: Challenging Times for Canada's Political Institutions, Samuel A. Bottomley
7. Political Institutions in the United States, Ross E. Burkhart
8. Political Institutions in Mexico, Jose A. Crespo, Norma Borrego, and Ana Luz Ruelas
9. National Institutions in North America: US, Canadian, and Mexican Federalism, François Rocher and Gordon DiGiacomo
Part III: Redefining Economic and Social Relations: Public Policies and Human Rights after NAFTA
10. North American First Peoples: Self-Determination or Economic Development? Julian Castro-Rea and Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez
11. Default Convergence? Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in North America, David Schneiderman
12. Under Pressure: The Impasses of North American Labour Movements, Gregory Albo and Dan Crow
13. Ragged Cruelty? Social Policy Transformations in North America, Lois Harder and Marcus Taylor
14. Ten Years After: Continental Free Trade and Environmental Policy in North America, Luc Juillet
Part IV: Redefining Spatial Relations: Post 9/11 Borders, Migration, and National Security
15. Migration in North America, Yasmeen Abu-Laban
16. From the 49th Parallel to the Río Grande: US Homeland Security and North American Borders, Christina Gabriel and Laura Macdonald
17. North American Security and Foreign Policy: Does a Trilateral Community Exist? Athanasios Hristoulas and Stephane Roussel
Part V: Redefining Cultural Relations: Towards a North American Community?
18. Economic Integration and North American Political Cultures, Stephen White and Neil Nevitte
19. Civil Society Organizing Under Continental Integration: The Promise and Limits of Community-Building "From Below," Jeffrey M. Ayres
20. Performing North America as Community, Janine Brodie
21. Beyond NAFTA: The Emergence and Future of North America, Robert A. Pastor
Notes on Contributors
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