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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

So Near Yet So Far

The Public and Hidden Worlds of Canada–US Relations

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

So Near Yet So Far

The Public and Hidden Worlds of Canada–US Relations

So Near Yet So Far provides an in-depth look at the multiple dimensions of Canada–US relations, particularly since 9/11. Based on almost 200 interviews with 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.

440 pages


Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Elephant and the Beaver – Proximity and Distance in Perspective

Part 1: Three Dimensions of Canada–US Relations

2 Guns, Globes, and Gardening: The Political–Strategic Dimension

3 Multi-Level Games: The Trade–Commercial Dimension

4 Neighbo(u)rs, Friends, and Strangers: The Psychological–Cultural Dimension

Part 2: Tactics and Strategies – Political and Procedural Dimensions

5 Governing from the Centre? Political and Policy Coordination in the Management of Canada–US Relations

6 Network Diplomacy: Engaging the Executive Branch

7 Canada and Congress

8 Canadian Public Diplomacy in the United States: Promoting Canadian Interests, Fostering Networks of Interest

9 Beyond the Beltway: Federalism, Regionalism, and Cross-Border Relations

Part 3: Specific Policy Fields

10 Smart Borders or Thicker Borders? Homeland Security and Public Safety Policies

11 Security, Facilitation, and the Border: Strategic Drift, Operational Segmentation

12 “Just a Trade Dispute?” Proximity and Distance from Different Perspectives

13 Shared Energy, Shared Energies? Engaging American Energy Policies in a North American Context

14 Conclusion: Managing Bilateral Relations in an Evolving North America

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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