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The North American IdeaA Vision of a Continental Future$
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Robert A. Pastor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199782413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782413.001.0001

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A Piñata for Pandering Pundits and Politicians

A Piñata for Pandering Pundits and Politicians

(p.2) (p.3) 1 A Piñata for Pandering Pundits and Politicians
The North American Idea

Robert A. Pastor

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with an assessment of the relationship between the US, Canada, and Mexico. It then discusses the hopes and fears of NAFTA; concerns over the possible loss of US sovereignty due to closer ties with its neighbors; and the emergence and decline of North America. It calls on leaders of the US, Canada, and Mexico to grasp and articulate “the North American Idea”—a spirit of community based on interdependence—to their publics in order to galvanize support for the institutions and policies needed to stimulate the collective economy, address transnational problems, and provide greater security.

Keywords:   NAFTA, North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico, Canada, United States, sovereignty

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