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Duncan Cameron | In memory of the celebrated Canadian political economist, Mel Watkins.
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Karl Nerenberg | Colleagues and friends pay tribute to the late Mel Watkins, a towering figure.
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Mel Watkins | We met in mid-1969 at a small gathering in Toronto of NDP members. The bond we formed in the time of the Waffle was a defining moment of my life politically, and one of its great joys, personally.
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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.
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Jim Stanford | Here for ease of access is a consolidated listing of the contributions to the special series of commentaries marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of Mel Watkins' classic 1963 article.
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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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Gerry Helleiner | The global importance of staple theory, Gerry Helleiner notes, constitutes a kind of Canadian "staple export" -- but of a better kind than we usually supply to the world.
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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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Alberto Daniel Gago | This commentary in the staple theory series explores the relevance of staple theory for understanding the modern barriers to development in the global South.
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Daniel Poon | Can China be more than a market for Canadian staple resources -- and more than a source of upward pressure behind the global prices of those staples?
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Sheila Dow, Alistair Dow | Alistair and Sheila Dow, two leading heterodox economists from the U.K., apply the main features of staples analysis to the case of the financial sector and find surprising similarities.
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Thomas Gunton | In this commentary on Mel Watkins' staple theory, Thomas Gunton applies staples analysis to the current boom in resource-oriented petroleum developments in Canada.