Of margins, traditions, and engagements

A brief disciplinary history of IPE in Canada

Authored by: Randall Germain

Routledge Handbook of International Political Economy (IPE)

Print publication date:  February  2009
Online publication date:  June  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415771269
eBook ISBN: 9780203881569
Adobe ISBN: 9781135984014


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Canada is a giant country on the periphery of the world. It is famous for frozen winters, vast stretches of uninhabited land, and rugged terrain. It is also a magnet for immigration, and was built largely on the backs of northern European and Chinese laborers. It sits alongside the twentieth century’s pre-eminent military and economic superpower, but has itself only a miniscule military capability honed through participation in both world wars and a mostly honorable record of involvement in UN peacekeeping operations. Its economy is powered by commodities and driven almost entirely by developments in its wealthy southern neighbor, yet it has been able to develop leading-edge technologies with global aspirations, such as the ubiquitous Blackberry. Is international political economy (IPE) even possible in such a place?

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