Autonomous State: The Epic Struggle for a Canadian Car Industry from OPEC to Free Trade

Autonomous State: The Epic Struggle for a Canadian Car Industry from OPEC to Free Trade

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By Dimitry Anastakis
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2013
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568 Pages 32 Images
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Autonomous State provides the first detailed examination of the Canadian auto industry, the country’s most important economic sector, in the post-war period. In this engrossing book, Dimitry Anastakis chronicles the industry’s evolution from the 1973 OPEC embargo to the 1989 Canada–US Free Trade Agreement and looks at its effects on public policy, diplomacy, business enterprise, workers, consumers, and firms.

Using an immense array of archival sources, and interviews with some of the key actors in the events, Anastakis examines a fascinating array of topics in recent auto industry and Canadian business and economic history: the impact of new safety, emissions, and fuel economy regulations on the Canadian sector and consumers, the first Chrysler bailout of 1980, the curious life and death of the 1965 Canada-US auto pact, the ‘invasion’ of Japanese imports and transplant operations, and the end of aggressive auto policy-making with the coming of free trade.

More than just an examination of the auto industry, the book provides a rethinking of Canada’s tumultuous post-OPEC political and economic evolution, helping to explain the current tribulations of the global auto sector and Canada’s place within it.

Dimitry Anastakis is an associate professor in the Department of History at Trent University.




Automotive Assembly and Major Parts Facilities in Canada Since 1945

Introduction: The Ripples of 1973

Chapter One: Industrial Revolutions: A New Automotive Landscape Emerges

Chapter Two: The New Big Three: Canadian Safety, Emissions and Fuel Economy in a Continental Industry

Chapter Three: Fair Share: The Battle Over “Domestic” Investment in North America

Chapter Four: Nadir:  Saving Chrysler and Debating State Intervention in the Auto Sector

Chapter Five: Integration’s Bounty, Integration’s Bounds: The Unusual Life of the Auto Pact

Chapter Six: Schism: The Canadian UAW and the End of Auto Worker Internationalism

Chapter Seven: Transplant: “Foreign” Production, Imports and the Tumultuous Arrival of the Japanese

Chapter Eight: Rebirth or Requiem? Duty Remissions, Free Trade and the Death of the Auto Pact

Conclusion: One in Six: The Ratio of Survival




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Autonomous State is the first study covering the Canadian automobile industry since 1970 in any depth, and it makes a major contribution to our understanding of Canadian automotive and industrial history. Thoroughly researched and well-written, it will appeal to readers interested in the Canadian automobile industry, Canadian industry more generally, and Canadian public policy.’

Charles K. Hyde, Emeritus Professor of History, Wayne State University

‘There is much to like about this work. It is a solid piece of academic research. It reaches beyond mere facts of how the industry evolved undermanaged trade…and how the Auto Pact paved the way for the 1989 Free Trade agreement.’

Wayne Lewchuk, Enterprise and Society, vol 14:04:2013

Hagley Prize in Business History awarded by The Business History Conference (United States) - Joint winner in 2014