“Women Losers in a False Economy”: Feminist Resistance to Neoliberalism in Alberta

Nancy Janovicek, University of Calgary Feminists argue that COVID economic recovery plans may “turn back the clock” on the gains that women have made in the workplace by ten or twenty years.[1] Dubbing the pandemic downturn the “she-cession,” feminist economists are critical of the focus on infrastructure-based economic recovery plans because they ignore workplaces dominated … Continue reading “Women Losers in a False Economy”: Feminist Resistance to Neoliberalism in Alberta

Will you Break the Law Somehow?: Civil Disobedience and Ontario’s Common Sense Revolution

Doug Nesbitt The only good thing in the NinetiesAre the things that used to beBefore Mulroney’s LoonieFree trade and the GST A 59-year-old Stompin Tom Connors dropped these bars in October 1995 with Long Gone To The Yukon, an album that climbed to #5 on the Canadian country charts.[1] Uncharacteristically political for Connors, “How Do … Continue reading Will you Break the Law Somehow?: Civil Disobedience and Ontario’s Common Sense Revolution

Neoliberal Ideas and Settler Colonialism

Mack Penner, McMaster University  Questions about the relationship between the local and the global are among the most enduring issues in ongoing debates about neoliberalism. For the late historian and theorist Moishe Postone, who emphasizes the global, it is possible to view the history of the twentieth century in terms of the “rise and decline … Continue reading Neoliberal Ideas and Settler Colonialism

Neoliberalism and the Culture of Extractive Industry

Steacy Easton, York University Thinking about neoliberalism and place, or the recent economic system and place, in relationship to resource extraction, the more I am convinced that our current economy is a kind of shangri la. In a neoliberal context, extractive industry reduces a place to its resources: the life-span of a place is tied directly … Continue reading Neoliberalism and the Culture of Extractive Industry

Neoliberalism, Packinghouses, and COVID-19

Nicholas Fast, University of Toronto Across Canada and the United States during the spring of 2020, thousands of workers in meat-processing plants contracted COVID-19 through workplace spread. The most notable case in Canada was that of High River, Alberta, where almost half of the 2000 workers contracted the virus and spread it within the surrounding … Continue reading Neoliberalism, Packinghouses, and COVID-19

Abdication of Opposition: The CCF/NDP and the Rise of Neoliberalism in Canada

Beyond Borders will publish a series of articles on the topic of Neoliberalism and Canada, guest edited by Mack Penner and Nick Fast. Today’s article is the second of their series! Stay tuned for others! Roberta Lexier, Mount Royal University In 1956, the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) replaced its founding document – The Regina Manifesto – with … Continue reading Abdication of Opposition: The CCF/NDP and the Rise of Neoliberalism in Canada

The Early History of Neoliberalism in Canada during World War II

Beyond Borders will publish a series of articles on the topic of Neoliberalism and Canada, guest edited by Mack Penner and Nick Fast. Today's article is the first of their series! Stay tuned for others! Will Langford, University of Alberta When a transnational group of economists, businessmen, and civil servants formed the Mont Pelerin Society … Continue reading The Early History of Neoliberalism in Canada during World War II

Catching up with our 2019 Corsini Fellows, Matt Caron and Julia Pyryeskina

In episode 7 of our Wilson Institute Speaker Series, Self-Isolation Edition, we have our long overdue chat with our 2019 Corisini Fellows: Matthieu Carron and Julia Pyryeskina.  For those of you that are new to the Wilson Institute: every year, thanks to the generosity of Bob and Bev Corsini, we are able to offer short term … Continue reading Catching up with our 2019 Corsini Fellows, Matt Caron and Julia Pyryeskina