The International Politics of Agricultural Trade: Canadian-American Relations in a Global Agricultural Context

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Preface and Acknowledgments

This book results from my long-term interests in food aid, agricultural trade policy, and Canadian foreign policy. In my research and teaching, I have found that the voluminous literature on Canadian-American relations rarely mentions agricultural trade issues. On the other hand, most of the international relations literature on food and agriculture devotes little attention to U.S.-Canadian interactions. Agricultural economists have analysed American and Canadian policies in some detail, but their studies tend to be highly technical and less concerned with political factors.

There are many reasons why international relations scholars have devoted so little attention to Canadian-American agricultural trade relations, and they are outlined in the first chapter of this book. One of the most important reasons is that the United States and Canada send their principal food exports--grains and oilseeds--primarily to third countries. Most studies of U.S.-Canadian relations have focused on issues that can be examined in a more exclusively bilateral context, including foreign investment, energy, cultural sovereignty, and trade in manufactures. Nevertheless, when the linkages between Canadian- American relations and the international system are clearly recognized, the importance of agricultural trade issues becomes more evident. While this book discusses strictly bilateral issues such as Canada-U.S. trade barriers and the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement, the main emphasis is placed on third-country issues: surplus disposal, export subsidies, export credits, and international pricing.

My analytical framework relies on several approaches because no single theoretical approach seems adequate. References are made to Realist and Interdependence theories in international relations and to some of the literature in

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface and Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - Introduction 3
  • 2 - An Overview of Canadian- American Agricultural Trade Relations 33
  • CONCLUSIONS 48
  • 3 - The Organizational Setting 50
  • CONCLUSIONS 63
  • CONCLUSIONS 88
  • 5 - American Surplus Disposal Measures 91
  • CONCLUSIONS 108
  • 6 - Canadian and U.S. Agricultural Export Credits 111
  • CONCLUSIONS 136
  • 7 - Agricultural Trade Barriers 139
  • CONCLUSIONS 177
  • 8 - Conclusion 180
  • Notes 205
  • Selected Bibliography 229
  • Acronyms and Abbreviations 257
  • Index 259
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