North America in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Economic Turbulence

North America in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Economic Turbulence

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Edited by Jeffrey Ayres and Laura Macdonald
Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2012
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Can North America survive as a region in light of the political turbulence provoked by the global economic crisis? Or have regional integration and collaboration reached a plateau beyond which disintegration is likely? In North America in Question, leading analysts from Canada, the United States, and Mexico provide theoretically innovative and rich empirical reflections on current challenges sweeping the continent and on the faltering political support for North American regionalism.

This collection begins by reviewing the recent trajectories and events that have undermined North America's trilateral relationship, then addresses concerns that go beyond NAFTA and economic issues, including labour, immigration, energy, the environment, quality of citizenship, borders, women's and civil society struggles, and democratic deficits. Although demonstrating that many informal dimensions of North American integration continue to flourish, the contributors assess whether the future will hold greater economic instability, security crises, and emerging bilateral relationships.

Jeffrey Ayres is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.

Laura Macdonald is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University.

Table of Contents

Introduction - North America in Question

Part I - North America and Political-Economic Turbulence
Chapter 1 - Global Economic Crisis and Regionalism in North America: Region-ness in Question?
Chapter 2 - Immovable Object or Unstoppable Force? Economic Crisis and the Social Construction of North America
Chapter 3 - Continental Governance, Post Crisis - Where is North America Going?
Chapter 4 - The Mexican Political-Security Crisis: Implications for the North American Community

Part II - North American Problems without North American Governance
Chapter 5 - North American Community from Above and from Below: Working Class Perspectives on Economic Integration and Crisis
Chapter 6 - Energy and the Environment - Prospects for New Forms of Continental Governance
Chapter 7 - Borders and Security in North America
Chapter 8 - Immigration and the Flows of People

Part III - Democratic Deficit, New Actors and Responses to the Crisis
Chapter 9 - Plus Ça Change: Double-Bilateralism and the Demise of Trilateralism
Chapter 10 - Paradiplomacy: States and Provinces in the Emerging Governance Structure of North America
Chapter 11 - (Re)Thinking the "New" North America through Women's Citizenship Struggles in Mexico
Chapter 12 - Democratic Deficits and the Role of Civil Society in North America: the SPP and Beyond

Conclusion: Will North America Survive?