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Diplomatic Departures The Conservative Era in Canadian Foreign Policy, 1984 - 93

by Nelson Michaud

Part of the Canada and International Relations Series

Diplomatic Departures The Conservative Era in Canadian Foreign Policy, 1984 - 93 Synopsis

In September 1984, Brian Mulroney's Conservatives swept the general election with 211 seats -- the largest majority in Canadian history. For nine years the party held power, during which time some of the most important changes in the history of Canadian foreign policy were enacted. The most well known of these was the negotiation and ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but there were other crucial departures from established foreign policy.Diplomatic Departures is the first major scholarly examination of the foreign policy decisions made during this period. It provides a fresh analysis of the Mulroney government's approach to foreign policy and questions the assumption that a shift in Canadian-American relations under the Tories was the only notable departure from traditional Canadian statecraft. The contributors to this volume come from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds, and address both policy issues -- such as free trade, continentalized energy, good governance, environmental protectionism, and international peacekeeping -- and the policy-making process. Undergraduates, academics, journalists, politicians, and those with a critical interest in Canadian government policy will find this book to be an insightful and provocative analysis of the Mulroney government's lasting impact on foreign policy.

Diplomatic Departures The Conservative Era in Canadian Foreign Policy, 1984 - 93 Press Reviews

A pleasure to report that the Michaud-Nossal collection is not only timely but comprehensible, with generally well written essays assigned to important topics. Readers will come away vastly better informed about the twists and turns - and continuities - of Canadian foreign policy in the 1980s - what it was, how it was made, and where it fits. - Robert Bothwell, International Journal

Book Information

ISBN: 9780774808651
Publication date: 1st May 2002
Author: Nelson Michaud
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 344 pages
Categories: International relations, Central government policies, Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies, History: specific events & topics,

About Nelson Michaud

Nelson Michaud teaches at the Ecole nationale d'administration publique (Universite du Quebec) and is Research Fellow at the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University. Kim Richard Nossal is the Department Head of Political Studies at Queen's University. Contributors: Barbara McDougall, Denis Stairs, Brian Tomlin, Tammy L. Nemeth, Heather Smith, Rob Huebert, Norrin Ripsman, Manon Tessier, Michel Fortmann, Luc Bernier, Gordon Mace, Andrew F. Cooper, David M. Black, Paul Gecelovsky, Tom Keating, J.H. Taylor, Claire Turenne Sjolander, and Roy Norton.

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