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So near yet so far : the public and hidden worlds of Canada-US relations /
Geoffrey Hale.
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Vancouver, BC : UBC Press, c2012.
description
x, 425 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0774820411 (cloth), 9780774820417 (cloth)
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imprint
Vancouver, BC : UBC Press, c2012.
isbn
0774820411 (cloth)
9780774820417 (cloth)
catalogue key
8420425
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [384]-409) and index.
Issued also in electronic formats.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Geoffrey Hale is Professor of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge.
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Reference & Research Book News, August 2012
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Summaries
Description for Teachers/Educators
This book will appeal to students and scholars interested inCanada-US relations as well as to policy practitioners ingovernment and in non-governmental organizations.
Long Description
How do politicians, diplomats, and interest groups negotiate thetangled web of Canada-US relations? So Near Yet So Farprovides in-depth look at the multiple dimensions of this complexrelationship, especially in the period since 9/11. Based on almost 200 interviews with current and former governmentpolicy makers, opinion-shapers, and interest group leaders in bothcountries, the book analyzes the motives and mechanics of managingcross-border relations at several levels, includingpolitical-strategic, trade-commercial, cultural-psychological, andinstitutional-procedural. A concluding chapter assesses theimplications of current policy trends for Canada's foreign andinternational economic policies. So Near Yet So Far will be of interest and value topractitioners, scholars, and citizens of both countries who want abetter understanding of how the Canada-US relationship works- and can be made to work more effectively. Balanced and fair inits analysis, it gets to the core issues without distortingperspectives on either side of the border.
Main Description
So Near Yet So Far provides an in-depth look at the multipledimensions of Canada-US relations, particularly since 9/11. Basedon almost 200 interviews with policy makers, opinion-shapers, andinterest group leaders in both countries, this book considers theinteraction of domestic and cross-border politics at several levels,including political-strategic, trade-commercial,cultural-psychological, and institutional-procedural. It will appeal topractitioners, scholars, and citizens of both countries who want abetter understanding of how the Canada-US relationship works- and can be made to work more effectively. Balanced and fair, itgets to the core issues without distorting perspectives on either sideof the border.
Main Description
So Near Yet So Far provides in-depth look at the multiple dimensions of Canada--US relations, particularly since 9/11. Based on almost 200 interviews with government policy makers, opinion-shapers, and interest group leaders in both countries, this book considers the interaction of domestic and cross-border politics at several levels, including political-strategic, trade-commercial, cultural-psychological, and institutional-procedural. It will appeal to practitioners, scholars, and citizens of both countries who want a better understanding of how the Canada--US relationship works, and can be made to work more effectively. Balanced and fair, it gets to the core issues without distorting perspectives on either side of the border.
Table of Contents
Tables and Figuresp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Elephant and the Beaver: Proximity and Distance in Perspectivep. 1
Three Dimensions of Canada-US Relations
Guns, Globes, and Gardening: The Political-Strategic Dimensionp. 25
Multilevel Games: The Trade-Commercial Dimensionp. 49
Neighbo(u)rs, Friends, and Strangers: The Psychological-Cultural Dimensionp. 74
Tactics and Strategies: Political and Procedural Dimensions
Governing from the Centre? Political and Policy Coordination in the Management of Canada-US Relationsp. 99
Network Diplomacy: Engaging the Executive Branchp. 124
Canada and Congressp. 149
Canadian Public Diplomacy in the United States: Promoting Canadian Interests, Fostering Networks of Influencep. 175
Beyond the Beltway: Federalism, Regionalism, and Cross-Border Relationsp. 198
Specific Policy Fields
Smart Borders or Thicker Borders? Homeland Security and Public Safety Policiesp. 227
Engaging US Security and Border Policiesp. 251
"Just a Trade Dispute"? Proximity and Distance from Different Perspectivesp. 276
Shared Energy, Shared Energies? Engaging American Energy Policiesp. 302
Conclusion: Managing Bilateral Relations in an Evolving North Americap. 325
Notesp. 342
Bibliographyp. 384
Indexp. 410
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