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From the Net to the Net: Atlantic Canada and the Global Economy

James Sacouman
Henry Veltmeyer
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 216
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    From the Net to the Net
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    This text looks at globalization through the lens of Atlantic Canadians and their relationship with both the global economy and the country at large.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-0261-8
    Subjects: Political Science, Sociology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[vi])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [vii]-[viii])
  3. Introduction: Towards a New Political Economy of Development in Atlantic Canada
    (pp. 1-6)
    James Sacouman and Henry Veltmeyer

    This book explores various dynamics of change and development in Atlantic Canada – four provinces on Canada’s east coast that have been at the centre of an unsettled debate on the global political economy of regional development.

    In the late 1970s and into the 1980s, in a context different than that which prevails today, Atlantic Canada provided an important setting and stage for this debate and associated explorations in what we might term “regional political economy” – the political economy of the Maritimes and Newfoundland. The impact of this corpus of historical and social scientific work was such that by...

  4. Chapter 1 Rethinking Underdevelopment in Atlantic Canada
    (pp. 7-24)
    Henry Veltmeyer

    The central focus of the essays in this volume are on the political economy of Atlantic Canada, particularly with regard to the dynamics of regional underdevelopment and development. In this regard, these essays, and the volume as a whole, return to a concern that was central to a number of studies and writings in the region in the late 1970s and the early 1980s (see in particular Brym and Sacouman, 1979). The economic and political dynamics of these developments in the region gave rise a debate as to the nature of the region’s political economy, namely, the structural and political...

  5. Chapter 2 Just More of the Same? Confederation and Globalization
    (pp. 25-50)
    Michael Clow

    It is widely argued that we have entered a fundamentally new era of “globalization” (Dahms, 2002; Fotopoulos, 2001; Burbach and Robinson, 1999). We are urged to accept that the verities of the past are no more and that we need a fresh new way of thinking to encompass the new realities for which our old thinking has been unprepared. I think this is largely nonsense. Instead, I argue much of the writing on globalization often misconstrues old and familiar phenomena as new. Rather than join the chorus about the startlingly newness of the trends we observe around us at the...

  6. Chapter Three Capitalist Restructuring on Canada’s East Coast
    (pp. 51-62)
    James Sacouman

    In the last quarter century, the class structure of the capitalist world has changed substantially. Capitalist concentration and centralization, in a neo-liberal model that is unfettered by a collapsed socialist bloc, is revisiting class processes and formations typical of the nineteenth century, although in a new more global context. Direct or unmediated forms of exploitation and impoverishment typical of the nineteenth century have returned in the form of neo-liberal imperialism, but on a truly global scale. In its own specific way, the political economy both of Canada and the Atlantic provinces has changed “back to the future.” As a further...

  7. Chapter Four Income Distribution in Nova Scotia, 2000
    (pp. 63-84)
    Colin Dodds and Ronald Colman

    Economic growth statistics are the most widely used measure of well-being and progress. When the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is growing, we are assumed to be “better off” as a society.² Economic growth statistics, however, send highly inaccurate and misleading signals to policy makers and the public when they are misused in assessing societal well-being. For example, crime, pollution, sickness, and accidents all make the economy grow simply because money is spent on prisons, cleanup costs, hospitals, and drugs. And by valuing our forests, fisheries, and other natural resources only when they are harvested and sent to market, we count...

  8. Chapter Five The Decaying Social Compact in Atlantic Canada
    (pp. 85-98)
    Thom Workman

    Atlantic Canada boasts less than 10 per cent of Canada’s population, but is home to almost one quarter of the country’s food banks. Moreover, many working people and families with two income earners regularly use these food banks. The line between eking out an existence from paycheque to paycheque and lapsing into a desperate struggle to meet basic needs is growing thinner by the month, and a dispiriting number of Atlantic Canadians now choose between purchasing groceries or buying other necessities. In an article from theSaint John Telegraph Journalin 1998, a volunteer worker at theOpen Handsfood...

  9. Chapter Six Call Centres: A New Solution to an Old Problem?
    (pp. 99-114)
    Tom Good and Joan McFarland

    At the beginning of the 1990s, New Brunswick faced particularly troubling economic prospects. Despite a large amount of federal assistance through equalization payments and a variety of regional development programs, the province had experienced an increased rate of unemployment with each major economic downturn since the Second World War. The onset of the recession of the early 1990s was therefore troubling enough, but the situation was compounded by the ascendancy of the political Right, which led to reduced federal support for “have not” provinces, cutbacks in social programs, and economic restructuring necessitated by the drive to integrate the Canadian and...

  10. Chapter Seven Contradictions in Community Economic Development: New Dawn Enterprises
    (pp. 115-136)
    Scott MacAulay

    Taking community economic development (CED) at its word – that it is about another way of doing things, another way of addressing the needs of people in communities with high rates of unemployment, population out-migration, and poverty – is tempting.¹ It is a temptation that is grounded in a general discontent with the way things have been done, or the way things have worked out, which has resulted in whole geographic communities being decimated by plant closures and industry relocations. Severe physical and emotional pain has been visited upon very large numbers of working people who see the social and...

  11. Chapter Eight State Employment and Trade Unionism: Signs of Renewal?
    (pp. 137-168)
    Anthony Thomson

    Something seemed different – or refreshingly similar – about the labour movement in Nova Scotia in the early years of the new century. Once again the public gallery of the House of Assembly was filled by the angry voices of working people. A Conservative government was forced to back down from its plan to impose a legislated contract on provincial health care workers. After a decade of quiescence, the use of the strike appeared to be on the rise. Beyond provincial borders, Nova Scotians joined the people’s campaign against global imperialism as state repression in Québec City radicalized the next...

  12. Chapter Nine Policy Issues in the Trade Union Movement: Two Views from Labour
    (pp. 169-188)
    Barbara Moore and James Sacouman

    The history of the trade union movement on the Canadian East Coast includes some of the most militant struggles for social equality in Canadian history. On the other hand, its history also contains numerous instances of rhetorical posturing and of major defeats at the hands of both private and public corporations.

    In order to identify important new and ongoing policy issues confronting the organized labour movement on the East Coast, we conducted lengthy interviews in May of 2003 with two of the most active staff persons in the union movement in Nova Scotia. Paulette Sadoway is a regional representative with...

  13. Notes
    (pp. 189-198)
  14. Bibliography
    (pp. 199-210)
  15. Index
    (pp. 211-215)
  16. Back Matter
    (pp. 216-216)