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Canada and the Global Economy The Geography of Structural and Technological Change by John N.H. Britton

Canada and the Global Economy The Geography of Structural and Technological Change

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Canada and the Global Economy The Geography of Structural and Technological Change by John N.H. Britton

The contributors explore four central themes: the locational impacts of the openness of the Canadian economy, Canada's relatively simple economic geography in terms of regional variations in resources and urban development, the problems of keeping pace with rapid advances in technology, and the role of government in maintaining a national market and assisting economic development. They outline the essential elements of Canada's contemporary economic geography, highlight the origins and spatial imprint of change in the Canadian economy, and provide an assessment of Canada's participation in significant international patterns of economic change. Canada and the Global Economy is concerned not only with the economic size and location of consumption and production but also with institutional changes and shifts in employment, the sectoral composition of economic activity, and the organizational structure and locational behaviour of particular industries and firms. Special attention is given to the technological development of both established industries and new service and manufacturing activities. A timely addition to the field, it provides a geographic perspective on significant changes in jobs and types of work that result from the transformation of economic activities. Contributors: Trevor J. Barnes (UBC), John N.H. Britton (Toronto), James B. Cannon (Queen's), William J. Coffey (Montreal), J. Tait Davis (York), Geoffrey Dobilas (Toronto), William C. Found (York), Meric S. Gertler (Toronto), James M. Gilmour (consultant, Ottawa), Roger Hayter (Simon Fraser), John Holmes (Queen's), Anthony C. Lea (Compusearch, Toronto), Ian MacLachlan (Lethbridge), Alan D. MacPherson (SUNY at Buffalo), Glen B. Norcliffe (York), D. Michael Ray (formerly Carleton), Tod Rutherford (Waterloo), R. Keith Semple (Saskatchewan), James W. Simmons (Toronto), William Smith (Auckland), Guy P.F. Steed (formerly Science Council of Canada), Iain Wallace (Carleton), and Nigel Waters (Calgary).


The quality of Canada and the Global Economy is outstanding ... [It] is likely to remain the definitive material on Canada's economic geography for some time. David Edgington, Geography, University of British Columbia.

Thorough, comprehensive, and often provocative, the book will be of vital interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, and planners with an interest in the Canadian economy and its future, as well as to the economic policy community. Jamie Peck, Geography, University of Manchester.

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Publication date

1st May 1996


John N.H. Britton

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McGill-Queen's University Press


472 pages


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