Mel Watkins

Mel Watkins is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is Editor Emeritus of This Magazine and a frequent contributor to Peace magazine. He is a member of Pugwash Canada and former President of Science for Peace. Watkins is recipient of the 2008 inaugural Galbraith Prize in Economics and Social Justice awarded by the Progressive Economics Forum. Website: http://www.progressive-economics.ca/author/mel-watkins/

Mel Watkins
Blog
Jan 6, 2014
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The Staple Theory at 50: Bitumen as a staple

Mel Watkins
We have invited Mel Watkins to provide a rejoinder to the Staple Theory series, reflecting on the significance and evolution of staple theorizing, and engaging as desired with the commentaries.
Blog
Jan 23, 2013
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Canada's mergers and acquisitions in 2012

Mel Watkins
We knew that the takeover of Nexen by CNOOC was big but I at least didn't realize how big it was till I saw the Wall Street Journal's list of the 25 biggest mergers and acquisitions deals in 2012.
News
Jan 26, 2012

The Iron Lady: More nightmare than politics

Mel Watkins
Both as a movie buff and a veteran leftie, I've been waiting to see The Iron Lady so I could write about it. Having now seen the movie, I have to admit that I'm perplexed as to what to say and advise.
News
Nov 30, 2011

New Politics Initiative at 10: Time to look forward

Mel Watkins
It is important to remember the NPI and Waffle, but looking forward this is arguably the time for those on the left to support the NDP and to hold it to the progressive politics of Jack Layton.
News
Nov 20, 2009

Once upon a Waffle

Mel Watkins
The Waffle should be judged as part and parcel of the still vibrant sovereignty movement and the growing self-confidence that Canadians have about Canada's survival independent of the United States.
Book Review
Apr 2, 2009

Global dissent heats up

Mel Watkins
Defiant Publics describes an information revolution permitting new forms of transnational communication creating global consciousness in the wake of the global financial crisis.

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