Politics in North America
Redefining Continental RelationsBook - 2007
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.
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.
Abu-Laban (political science, U. of Alberta, Canada), Jhappan (political science, Carleton U., Canada), and Rocher (political studies, U. of Ottawa, Canada) believe that it is important to analyze the domestic/national and international politics of Canada, the United States, and Mexico through the application of both historical and continental lenses. They present 21 chapters with just such an emphasis addressing broad themes of the role of the state; globalization and challenges to sovereignty; democracy, representation, and legitimacy; human rights; and community. The papers also address other themes in sections that are separately devoted to history and the politics of defining and redefining North America; institutional relations of continents, states, and federalism; public policies and human rights after the North American Free Trade Agreement; post-9/11 borders, migration, and national security; and continental cultural relations. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)