Uneasy Partnership: The Politics of Business and Government in Canada, Second Edition
In this new edition of Uneasy Partnership, Geoffrey Hale examines the interdependent relationship between Canadian governments and businesses, considering governments’ multiple roles in the economy and their implications for the business environment. Hale provides an overview of the historical dimensions of Canada’s political economy and relations between government and business. Readers are invited to consider topics such as corporate power, the implications of Canada's economic structure, regional economic differences, the cross-cutting effects of globalization, and the role of interest groups in political and policy processes. In a thoughtful and well-researched style, Hale lays out how the partnership between business and government in Canada is an uneasy one—and one whose capacity to adapt to ongoing change is essential in an uncertain world.
- Division: Higher Education
- World Rights
- Page Count: 448 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
Reviews"Geoffrey Hale has done it again. His updated book captures both the seminal importance and deep complexity of the relationship between the business world and the state within contemporary Canada. His arguments are well-organized, presented in readable prose, and are supported by rigorous empirical data. Few authors can capture the intricate dynamics of the business world in Canada, and explain to the public why the state-business nexus is so central to Canada's incredibly high standard of living. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the centrality of commerce to our great nation."
Malcolm G. Bird, University of Winnipeg
"I can no longer imagine teaching business-government relations without using the demonstrably excellent Uneasy Partnership by Geoffrey Hale. My students and I have thoroughly benefited from this book: the logical flow of the table of contents, the lucidity of the writing style; the illustrative tables, boxes, and figures that bring each chapter alive; the glossary of key terms and concepts that my students always find invaluable; and the discussion questions at the end of each chapter to stimulate reflection and discussion."
Charles Conteh, Brock University
Geoffrey Hale is Professor of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge.
Table of contents
List of Tables
List of Boxes and Figures
1. Business, Government, and the Politics of Mutual Dependence
2. State, Business and Society: The Political Roles of Government
3. The Economic Roles of Government
4. Canada’s Economic History: Government, Business, and the Politics of Development and Distribution
5. Corporate Power in Canada: Nature, Extent, and Limits
6. Canada’s Economic Structure: Diversity, Dynamism, and the Political Economy of Business-Government Relations
7. Federalism, Regionalism, and Provincial Diversity
8. Globalization, Trade, and Business
9. Canada’s Crown Corporations and the Changing Face of State Capitalism
10. The Political Marketplace: Interest Groups, Policy Communities, and Lobbying
11. The Evolving Political Economy of Business Taxation
12. Putting the "Capital" into Capitalism: The Political Economy of Canada's Evolving Capital-Market Policies
13. Growth, Equity and Sustainability: Pursuing Positive-Sum Policies in a Shrinking World
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