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Dimitry Anastakis

Dimitry Anastakis

Best Book in Political History Prize


Dimitry Anastakis, Autonomous State: The Struggle for a Canadian Car Industry from OPEC to Free Trade (UTP, 2013).

Anastakis’ study of the Canadian automotive industry in the last third of the twentieth century provides a richly detailed and nuanced examination of the impact of globalization and neo-liberalism on the Canadian state.  This is a timely book considering the state of the auto industry in Canada today. By delving into the diverse array of diplomatic and policy tools that Canadian officials used to support the existence of a dynamic car industry, Autonomous State makes a critical contribution to our understanding of the country’s economics and political culture. Based on an impressive body of historical research, it makes an important contribution to a growing body of literature that traces the transformation of Canada’s economy in the era of free trade and globalization.