Contentious Politics in North America: National Protest and by Jeffrey Ayres, Laura MacDonald

By Jeffrey Ayres, Laura MacDonald

This can be the single ebook of its style dedicated to exploring contentious politics from a North American point of view together with protests, social pursuits, transnational competition, and emergent nearby governance procedures among Canadian, U.S. and Mexican kingdom and civil society actors.

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There is no doubt that external pressures of this sort existed. However, the fact that Canada was the demandeur in the original free trade talks (Clarkson 1991), and that the initiative was part of a comprehensive reorientation of both domestic and international policy demanded by Canadian business, points to a more domestic causation. In September 1985, the Macdonald Commission report was released to the public. Its message was unambiguous: ‘market liberalization, social adjustment, and limited government were the cornerstones of the Macdonald Commission’s public philosophy’ (Bradford 1998: 113).

Similar sentiments are often expressed in Canada where participation in closer integration with the United States is depicted as an ‘expression of sovereignty’ rather than a diminution of it (for example, Dobson 2002). NAFTA constrains the state’s ability to intervene in the economy, triggered legislated limits on the state’s regulatory and property rights capacity prior to signing the treaty, and extends US style property rights provisions through its protection of foreign investors (Erfanick 1995: 173–178).

During the transition period which followed the collapse of the Bretton Woods system new methods were devised to represent business interests. The sense of crisis in the 1970s provided the opportunity for long-standing critics of the Keynesian revolution in economic thought to emerge from obscurity. The economics profession, undergoing what amounted to a paradigm shift, returned to a version of neoclassical orthodoxy of the kind that Keynes and like-minded economists had overturned two generations earlier.

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