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A Sociological Appraisal of the Free Trade Agreement


  • Michael R. Smith


Canadian sociologists are likely to be attracted to some or all of the following kinds of objections to the free trade agreement: (1) that it will tend to increase inequality within Canada; (2) that it dramatically infringes upon Canadian sovereignty; and (3) that it forecloses the option of a set of interventionist policies in the future, including a relatively ambitious industrial policy. The author argues that the first objection is not well-founded, the second is easily exaggerated, and the third depends heavily on a pessimistic appraisal of the subsidy code that has yet to be negotiated and on a commitment to a set of interventionist policies, many of which have not been adequately described and analyzed by their protagonists.

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  • Michael R. Smith, 1989. "A Sociological Appraisal of the Free Trade Agreement," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 15(1), pages 57-71, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:15:y:1989:i:1:p:57-71

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    1. Michael R. Smith, 1989. "Marchak on Free Trade: A Response," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 15(3), pages 339-344, September.

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