Canadians have long experience as objects of global forces. Yet they are also agents of globalization, contributing to the emergence of a transnational assemblage of law and governance that is markedly uneven in its attention to - and impacts on - commerce, human welfare, and the environment. A Perilous Imbalance marries political economy with socio-legal analysis to show how law and governance are deployed by various actors to advance globalizing agendas.
Its critical interdisciplinary analysis traces the emergence of a global supraconstitution by which transnational corporations and powerful states discipline democratic governance in pursuit of neoconservative economic globalization. This work documents the contradictory transformations of the Canadian state as it has retreated from some areas while reasserting itself in others. It also looks beyond the state and interstate systems to examine governance initiatives involving actors from civil society, business, and government. This book is written for scholars and advanced students of law and politics, as well as the broader policy community.
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