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Justin Trudeau at the NATO summit in Brussels this month. Image credit: The Office of the Prime Minister
Duncan Cameron | Originally conceived to block Soviet expansionism, the dissolution of the Soviet Union meant the collective security alliance was obsolete. Yet, the U.S. claims international security relies on it.
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Aerial photo of natural gas extraction in La Plata, New Mexico. Photo: Anita Gould/Flickr
Mel Watkins | A new 800-page book, titled "Extraction Empire" and edited by Pierre Belanger, triggers ruminations on staples and extraction.
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Mel Watkins | Abe Rotstein was known for his constant challenge to conventional wisdom, his beautiful writing and his devilish puns.
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Al Engler | Who would have thought an economics textbook could be such a sensation? Well, Thomas Piketty's new book 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' has proven to be just that.
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Book jacket of Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Andrew Jackson | Piketty argues that there are strong tendencies for capitalism to lead to the extreme concentration of wealth in the hands of an oligarchic elite if democratic political forces do not push back.
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Jim Stanford | I argue here that Watkins' identification of the importance of fostering stronger backward and forward linkages is still a valid and important tool for Canadians to escape staples dependence.
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Duncan Cameron | The staples story is a cautionary tale Canadians ignore at their peril. As presented by Mel Watkins, the staples model of economic development is central to understanding questions of public policy.
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Dan Ciuriak | Dan Ciuriak imagines how the discovery of some future new staple might spur Canadian policy-making to think more effectively about how to make the most of our resource wealth.
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Hugh Grant, David Wolfe | Excerpts from the preface to an edited collection of Mel's writings assembled by Hugh Grant and David Wolfe, which provides some great personal perspective on Mel's personality and passion.
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Jim Stanford | The Progressive Economics Forum will host a series of special guest blog commentaries on the 50th anniversary of Mel Watkins' classic 1963 article on staple theory.
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Abraham Rotstein | Watkins' staple theory of economic growth showed how Canada had found a way out of its own staples dependence, emerging as a developed country despite its initial reliance on the export of staples.
Columnists
Thomas Ponniah | In "The Post-Colonial State in the Era of Globalization," Tariq Amin-Khan argues that the post-colonial state is historically post-imperial but economically manacled by the empire's latest forms.