Can North America survive as a region in light of the political turbulence provoked by the global economic crisis? Or have regional integration and collaboration reached a plateau beyond which disintegration is likely? In North America in Question, leading analysts from Canada, the United States, and Mexico provide theoretically innovative and rich empirical reflections on current challenges sweeping the continent and on the faltering political support for North American regionalism. This collection begins by reviewing the recent trajectories and events that have undermined North America's trilateral relationship, then addresses concerns that go beyond NAFTA and economic issues, including labour, immigration, energy, the environment, quality of citizenship, borders, women's and civil society struggles, and democratic deficits. Although demonstrating that many informal dimensions of North American integration continue to flourish, the contributors assess whether the future will hold greater economic instability, security crises, and emerging bilateral relationships.
Table of Contents Introduction - North America in Question Part I - North America and Political-Economic Turbulence Chapter 1 - Global Economic Crisis and Regionalism in North America: Region-ness in Question? Chapter 2 - Immovable Object or Unstoppable Force? Economic Crisis and the Social Construction of North America Chapter 3 - Continental Governance, Post Crisis - Where is North America Going? Chapter 4 - The Mexican Political-Security Crisis: Implications for the North American Community Part II - North American Problems without North American Governance Chapter 5 - North American Community from Above and from Below: Working Class Perspectives on Economic Integration and Crisis Chapter 6 - Energy and the Environment - Prospects for New Forms of Continental Governance Chapter 7 - Borders and Security in North America Chapter 8 - Immigration and the Flows of People Part III - Democratic Deficit, New Actors and Responses to the Crisis Chapter 9 - Plus a Change: Double-Bilateralism and the Demise of Trilateralism Chapter 10 - Paradiplomacy: States and Provinces in the Emerging Governance Structure of North America Chapter 11 - (Re)Thinking the "New" North America through Women's Citizenship Struggles in Mexico Chapter 12 - Democratic Deficits and the Role of Civil Society in North America: the SPP and Beyond Conclusion: Will North America Survive?