Book Launch: "Does North America Exist?: Governing the Continent after NAFTA and 9/11"

Monday, November 24, 2008 - 4:00 PM
CIGI, 57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Canada
Nov 24

This free public event is a wine and cheese reception with a book signing and an opportunity to meet author Stephen Clarkson.


Please RSVP here.

About Does North America Exist?: Governing the Continent after NAFTA and 9/11:

In the wake of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, renowned public intellectual, scholar and CIGI Senior Fellow Stephen Clarkson asks whether North America ''exists'' in the sense that the European Union has made Europe exist.

Clarkson's rigorous study of the many political and economic relationships that link Canada, the United States, and Mexico answers this unusual question by looking at the institutions created by NAFTA, a broad selection of economic sectors, and the security policies put in place by the three neighbouring countries following 9/11. This detailed, meticulously researched, and up-to-date treatment of North America's transborder governance allows the reader to see to what extent the United States' dominance in the continent has been enhanced or mitigated by trilateral connections with its two continental partners.

An illuminating product of seven years' political-economy, international-relations, and policy research, Does North America Exist? is an ambitious and path-breaking study that will be essential reading for those wanting to understand whether the continent containing the world's most powerful nation is holding its own as a global region.

Speaker Bio

Stephen Clarkson, FRSC is a Canadian political scientist. He is currently a professor of political economy at the University of Toronto. His published works are primarily concerned with two areas of academic interest: the evolution of North America as a continental state, reinstitutionalized by NAFTA and two decades of neo-conservatism; and the impact of globalization and trade liberalization on the Canadian state. In the field of International Relations, Clarkson's works primarily fall under the World Systems Theory paradigm, focusing on the relationships between states and institutions based on class structure, placing Canada as a peripheral or semi-peripheral state in comparison to the core state to which Canada is dependent.


Event Speakers

A professor of political economy at the University of Toronto, Stephen Clarkson joined CIGI in 2002 as a senior fellow to work on North America’s governance problems. He is also a senior fellow at Massey College in Toronto and was the recipient of the Canada-US Fulbright Scholarship..