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The Elusiveness of the Embedded Liberal Compromise: An Evaluation of Canada’s Supply Management System and its Legality within the Global Trade Regime

  • Author / Creator
    Peta, Conner
  • The original compromise of embedded liberalism sought to balance the need for domestic social stability with the need to further liberalize trade through the removal of both tariff and non-tariff barriers. However, this raises the question on what qualifies as social stability? Is the constitutive understanding of ‘social stability’ that was established in the original compromise of embedded liberalism limited to only market stability? The purpose of this study is to utilize Canada’s supply management system as a tool to further understand what stability entails within the compromise of embedded liberalism. Many scholars have challenged the limited conception of social stability within the original compromise of embedded liberalism, noting that it is elusive and can be applied to circumstances that are beyond those of the original compromise. This study will examine the application of culture and cultural sovereignty to the compromise of embedded liberalism, utilizing the example of Canada’s supply management system. It will be argued that culture and cultural sovereignty can be applied to the compromise of embedded liberalism because the meaning of social stability within the compromise is tied directly to sovereignty. Whether a state aims to pursue market stability or cultural and industry protections, it has a sovereign right to pursue these initiatives and shield them from the effects of trade liberalization.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2020
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-bj2d-4b44
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