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The Art of the State II (Folio 7)

Book by Thomas Courchene, Donald Savoie, Daniel Schwanen

This book-length publication, edited by Courchene, Savoie and Schwanen, contains papers that were presented at the “Art of the State” Conference, hosted by the IRPP and held in October 2003. This conference featured experts from Canada, Mexico and the United States who came together to explore new ideas, new instruments and new processes for enriching the North American experience. The main goal of the conference was to remedy gaps in public discourse, while at the same time understanding how three sovereign nations could advance common causes and manage their increasing interdependence.

This folio, the seventh of eight, contains three papers. This first is entitled The Long-Run Determinants of Deep/Political Canada-US Integration, by John N. McDougall. McDougall’s central argument is that recent security concerns have not caused, but merely intensified, the determination of most Canadian business leaders to reduce the practical significance of the border between the two countries to a minimum. The second paper is entitled North American Citizenship: Possibilities and Limits, by Jennifer M. Welsh. Welsh argues that even a limited move to deepen integration on the North American continent could give rise to a legitimacy gap that will complicate the agenda for policy-makers.

This collection was inspired by the 15th Anniversary of the Canada-U.S Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the 10th Anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), both in 2004. The editors also remark that the events of 9/11 have added the new dimension of homeland security as a complicating issue to the already-full free trade agenda.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Thomas Courchene; Donald Savoie; Daniel Schwanen;
Publisher: Institute for Research on Public Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2005; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / International Law & Politics / Security
Policy Articles / International Law & Politics / Treaties
Policy Articles / International Law & Politics / Canada - U.S. Relations
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / North American Free Trade Agreement
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Canada - U.S. Relations
Policy Articles / International Law & Politics / Canada - U.S. Relations / 2005
Policy Articles / International Law & Politics / Security / 2005
Policy Articles / International Law & Politics / Treaties / 2005
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Canada - U.S. Relations / 2005
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / North American Free Trade Agreement / 2005
Policy Articles / International Law & Politics
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance


Keywords / Tags:

North American integration; trade; political integration; security concerns; border control; citizenship; NAFTA ;