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A fresh assessment of the neoliberal political economy behind Canadian foreign policy from Afghanistan to Haiti, Joining Empire establishes Jerome Klassen as one of the most astute analysts of contemporary Canadian foreign policy and its relationship to US global power.
Jerome Klassen is a Research Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies.
"Klassen’s book makes an important and worthwhile contribution to contemporary political science."
‘We now have a theoretically sophisticated and up-to-date account of how Canadian foreign and security policy expresses the class interests of Canadian capital.’
‘This is political economy scholarship at its best… This study’s importance is not just Canada-centric; its theoretical framework and methodology are relevant to scholars researching foreign policy in other Western nation-states…. Highly recommended.’
‘Considering the dominance of Neoliberalism, this contribution could not be timelier… Klassen’s greatest theoretical contribution is how he ties together the vectors of Empire to provide a well-rounded view of capitalism.’
‘Joining Empire is perhaps the most lucid and empirically grounded analysis of the formation of the transnationalized fraction of the Canadian corporate elite and the development of an imperial power bloc to date… This book is a major contribution and deserves to be widely read.’
Laura Macdonald, Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University:“Joining Empire makes a major contribution to the analysis of recent changes in Canadian class formation. Jerome Klassen’s empirical research is extremely impressive, and he displays a deep knowledge of the literature on both Canadian political economy and Canadian foreign policy.”
Noam Chomsky, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology:“With a far-reaching and insightful analysis of a rich array of comparative evidence, and a careful critical analysis of the literature, Klassen shows persuasively that there has been no ‘hollowing out of corporate Canada,’ as commonly alleged, but rather reconstruction of Canadian capital within a more general process of elite reproduction in North America. Of particular interest is Klassen’s penetrating review of social movements that are seeking to come to grips with these processes and shape a more humane and just future. A very significant study, with implications far beyond the important and revealing case of Canada.”
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