From Pride to Influence
472 pages, 6 x 9
12 tables
Release Date:01 May 2009
Release Date:01 Dec 2008
Release Date:15 Dec 2008
Release Date:30 Apr 2009

From Pride to Influence

Towards a New Canadian Foreign Policy

UBC Press

Recent Canadian foreign policy has fixated upon Canada’s former status as a middle power within a small club of western, democratic states. The emergence of a US-dominated world and of an integrated North American economy and the decline of multilateral rules and institutions as prime instruments of global governance have left Canadian foreign policy searching for new purpose and direction. From Pride to Influence brings Canadian foreign policy into the twenty-first century by grounding it in a conception of the national interest that accepts the primacy of the United States in guaranteeing Canadian national security and prosperity.

It will appeal to the engaged public, practitioners, analysts, and senior undergraduate and graduate classes focused on Canadian foreign policy.

The book’s originality, scope, and polished prose will bolster Hart’s deserved reputation as one of Canada’s leading experts on trade policy and modern Canadian-American relations. Michael D. Stevenson, Schulich School of Business,York University, Canadian Public Policy – Analyse de politiques, vol. xxxvii, no. 1 2011
This book looks at Canadian foreign policy, both what it is and what we pretend it is. Hart’s hard-headed analysis takes no prisoners and is sure to be denounced by all the right people. J.L. Granatstein, author of Canada’s Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace
From Pride to Influence sets out a trenchant but thoughtful and solidly supported analysis of the challenges confronting Canadian foreign policy. Hart makes a compelling case for avoiding the false allure of the feel-gooders and for reversing Canada's slide from peripheral to relevant in world affairs. Derek Burney, former Canadian ambassador to the United States
In this remarkable book, Hart urges Canada to turn away from anti-Americanism and begin to play a more responsible role in terms of providing for its own defence. From Pride to Influence should stimulate a public and very intense debate. Anyone interested in Canadian foreign policy will want to read it. Patrick James, co-editor of Canadian Studies in the New Millennium
Michael Hart is Simon Reisman Professor of Trade Policy, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Trade Policy and Law at Carleton University. He is the author of Decision at Midnight: Inside the Canada-US Free-Trade Negotiations and A Trading Nation: Canadian Trade Policy from Colonialism to Globalization.


1 Doing Foreign Policy

2 Fads, Fashions, and Competing Perspectives

3 The Making of Canadian Foreign Policy

4 Legacies from the Past

5 The Global Search for Security

6 The Global Search for Prosperity

7 Ties That Bind

8 Myths, Perceptions, Values, and Canada-US Relations

9 Managing Relations with the United States

10 A World of Infinite Options

11 Doing Foreign Policy ... Seriously ... in the Twenty-First Century


Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading


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