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Beyond the Bubble

Imagining a New Canadian Economy

by James Laxer

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economic conditions, economic policy
list price: $24.95
published: 2009
publisher: Between the Lines

With the onset of the current economic crisis, one chapter in the economic history of the world is ending and a new one is beginning. What role will Canada play in this vastly altered world? James Laxer examines the anatomy of the crash: the forces that have controlled the global system and the forces that have the capacity to usher in a new global system as the U.S.-centred age of globalization comes to an end. He explores what needs to be done to combat the crash in Canada, and poses the questions we all want to have answered. What comes next for the global economy, and what does this mean for Canada? Where will we fit in? Is an egalitarian economic future possible? What could an economics for humanity look like? A reflective and useful treatise on where we go from here,Beyond the Bubble is a must-read by one of Canada's best-known political commentators.

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Contributor notes

JAMES LAXER is a Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto. An award-winning author and a former Toronto Star columnist, Laxer is the author of twenty-three books, includingMission of Folly: Canada and Afghanistan,Perils of Empire andRed Diaper Baby: A Boyhood in the Age of McCarthyism. There is an excellent series of short interviews with Dr. Laxer on TVO'sFlying Solo and he blogs regularly on politics and the economy atwww.jameslaxer.com.

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Editorial Reviews

[James Laxer] offers many insightful and well-researched ideas for bringing real democracy and social equality to this country-not just for "imagining a new Canadian economy," but for actually establishing it. It won't be easy, he admits, but it can and must be done.

— The CCPA Monitor

A lucid and timely analysis of the causes, and implications for Canadians, of the economic crisis. It will help spark and shape popular debate on the contours of the new economy which we are challenged to build at home and at the global level to replace the discredited neo liberal model.

— Andrew Jackson, Chief Economist, Canadian Labour Congress

This book offers solid evidence to refute the claims of those who insist that the current crisis is a temporary aberration in the economic cycle. It provides a powerful argument against those who are determined to put the system that caused the crisis back on track.

— Julie Guard, Associate Professor, Labour Studies, University of Manitoba, and editor of Bankruptcies and Bailouts

Both [of the main] arguments are presented in Laxer's characteristically lively style and with a useful mix of historical analysis and political economy. Each is also provocative enough that it will generate considerable debate.

— Literary Review of Canada

With characteristic historical insight, clarity, and candour, James Laxer shows how Canada is at the crossroads between a new and old era of economic globalization…. A must read for Canadians concerned about the country's economic, social, and environmental future.

— Tony Clarke, Director, Polaris Institute (Ottawa), and author of Tar Sands Showdown

The myriad dog-ears that I left littered through Laxer's book certainly speak to the great number of explanatory gems he's produced, the almost constant moments of realization and recognition that attend his patient history of bubble economics … Laxer's creativity and clear-headedness are worth dog-earing the hell out of [it].

— rabble.ca

Who better than Jim Laxer to provide a concise analysis of the conditions that pushed Canada-and the world-to the economic precipice? But more than simply documenting how we got to where we are, this book offers an impassioned and hopeful prescription for movingBeyond the Bubble and embracing a more egalitarian economic future.

— Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians

James Laxer has warned for years about the dangers of Canada's reliance on digging stuff out of the ground for foreign multinationals. He has been proven 100 per cent right by this latest and most spectacular economic crisis. His new book offers both penetrating critique and hopeful vision, and will be invaluable for Canadians struggling to build a better alternative.

— Jim Stanford, Economist, Canadian Auto Workers, and author of Economics for Everyone
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James Laxer

Award-winning author James Laxer has written many books and appears regularly on television discussions of issues of the day. He is a professor of political science at York University in Toronto. Visit James Laxer's blog: http://blog.jameslaxer.com/ Follow James Laxer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jameslaxer/
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