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Canadian Liberalism and the Politics of Border Control, 1867-1967

With restrictive immigration policies, increased interdiction, and the detention of asylum seekers, it is clear that Canada’s approach to border control has shifted in recent years. Yet such practices are just the latest in a long and complex national history. Canadian Liberalism and the Politics of Border Control sheds light on the first century of Canada’s efforts to control its borders, framing pivotal moments within a long-standing but often overlooked debate over the rights of non-citizens. Anderson provides valuable insights into contemporary liberal-democratic control by demonstrating that today’s more restrictive approach reflects traditions deeply embedded within liberal democracies.

280 pages

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reconsidering the Control/Rights Nexus

1 The Study of Liberal-Democratic Control over International


2 The Liberal Internationalist Foundations of Canadian Control


3 The Expansion of Liberal Nationalism in Canada (1887-1914)

4 The Domination of Liberal Nationalism in Canada (1914-45)

5 A New Era of Human Rights (1945-52)

6 The Return of Liberal Internationalism in Canada (1952-67)

7 Contemporary Canadian and Comparative Concerns

Notes; Works Cited; Index

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