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Political Science Globalization

Canada's Fluid Borders

Trade, Investment, Travel, Migration

edited by Geoffrey Hale & Greg Anderson

contributions by Patricia Dewey-Lambert, Monica Gattinger, Jill Hobbs, William Kerr, Meredith Lilly & Andrew Moroz

Les Presses de l'UniversitÈ d'Ottawa/University of Ottawa Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2021
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Crossing borders involves much more than going through checkpoints. By drawing on an innovative transdisciplinary reconceptualization of the border as elastic or fluid, Canada’s Fluid Borders offers fresh interpretations of the major geopolitical and socioeconomic issues that require the immediate attention of Canadian policymakers.
Trade and investment policies face a changing geopolitical environment. They also face challenges from the interactions and limits of Canada’s multiple trade agreements with other countries. These challenges take on varied forms in different sectors that involve the bordering of energy trade, food safety, and related environmental and public health issues. Similarly, bordering dynamics differ significantly for cross border flows of tourism, skilled labour, and irregular migration.
This book uncovers and analyzes factors that govern economic activity and human interaction across Canada’s fluid border. The contributors to this collection engage major domestic political, technical, and administrative factors that shape the conditions for and constraints on effective international policy and regulatory cooperation.

About the authors

Geoffrey Hale is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge. As an academic but also as a civil servant and business association representative, he has spent much of the past twenty years dealing with tax and budgetary systems and their impact on various aspects of Canada's economy and society.

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Greg Anderson is a professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He earned a masters’ degree in American History from the University of Alberta and completed his PhD at Johns Hopkins University.


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Monica Gattinger is Director of the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy, Full Professor at uOttawa’s School of Political Studies, and Chair of Positive Energy. She holds a PhD in public policy from Carleton University. Professor Gattinger’s research and engagement focus on the energy and arts/Cultural Policy sectors. Her work explores ways of strengthening governance, policy, and regulation in the context of fast-paced innovation, technological change, and markets; fundamental social and value change; and lower public trust in government, industry, science, and expertise.


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William A. Kerr is the Van Vliet Professor of International Trade at the University of Saskatchewan and a senior associate of the Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade in Saskatoon, Canada.

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Excerpt: Canada's Fluid Borders: Trade, Investment, Travel, Migration (edited by Geoffrey Hale & Greg Anderson; contributions by Patricia Dewey-Lambert, Monica Gattinger, Jill Hobbs, William Kerr, Meredith Lilly & Andrew Moroz)

Popular understanding may conceive of borders as formal boundaries separating the territories of different countries—or perhaps the administrative locations (ports of entry) at which individuals or goods pass from one country to another. However, the continuing growth and diversification of trade, investment, travel, and various forms of migration increase the importance and interaction of bordering processes.

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