A Sociological Appraisal of the Free Trade Agreement
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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Volume (Year): 15 (1989)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
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