A Trading Nation: Canadian Trade Policy from Colonialism to Globalization

By Hart, Michael; McKenzie, Francine | International Journal, Fall 2002 | Go to article overview

A Trading Nation: Canadian Trade Policy from Colonialism to Globalization


Hart, Michael, McKenzie, Francine, International Journal


CANADA

Canadian trade policy from colonialism to globalization

Michael Hart

Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2002, xv, 556pp, $85.00 cloth (ISBN 0-7748-0894-2), $29.95 paper (ISBN 0-7748-0895-0)

The work of historians and bureaucrats ought to be complementary; in practice there is not enough dialogue between them. Michael Hart bridges the scholarly and policy-making communities with ease. In his latest book, A Trading Nation, Hart has written an authoritative and comprehensive history of Canadian trade policy. His account is essential reading for anyone interested in Canadian political, diplomatic, and economic history, American and British trade policy, Canadian-American relations, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the history of international trade and economic thought, or the policy-making process. The book is accessible to the non-specialist, detailed without being tedious, far-reaching in its relevance, chock-a-block with definite opinions, and full of provocative prescriptions.

A Trading Nation sets a high standard for those writing about Canadian external policy. Hart situates trade policy within the larger contexts in which it is both formulated and implemented: economic, political, and diplomatic, as well as domestic and international (North American, North Atlantic, and global). Consequently, this work tells us much about Canada's evolution as a nation, in particular the emergence of a distinct North American identity, as well as Canada's place in the world as an active, sometimes effective, if nonetheless small, player. The method Hart employs is genuinely international; he examines American and British trade history in their own right and over many centuries. When he analyzes the relations, reactions, and interconnections that influenced Canadian trade policy he does so with a clear understanding of the points of view, interests, and objectives of Canada's principal trading partners and allies. In fact, in parts of the book, the analysis of the Uruguay round of the GATT, Canada barely figures, perhaps implicitly making the point that Canada is one small part of a global economy. The result is a work that speaks to an international audience, not just a Canadian one.

As a seasoned policy-maker himself, it is not surprising that Hart traces the tension between bureaucrats and their political masters. He argues that politicians, by introducing emotional and political factors into the policy-making process, lead trade policy astray. However, when trade policy is the product of rational and focused bureaucratic deliberation, the political will to implement it can be absent. Professionals must have political support, and politicians require a trade policy that meets the needs of their constituents. Hart understands the political imperative, but his sympathy is with the professional policy-makers whose task is to solve specific problems. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

A Trading Nation: Canadian Trade Policy from Colonialism to Globalization
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.