Mapping the New North American Reality

Edited by Stephen Blank, Stephanie R. Golob and Guy Stanley | September 28, 2004

The papers in this series were written by participants in a project With the support of the PanAmerican Partnership for Business Education, an alliance of four North American business schools. In cooperation with HEC-Montreal and the IRPP, the Partnership hosted a Study Group on “Mapping the New North American Reality” in November 2003. To gain a better understanding of what this new reality entails, we invited 30 Canadian, Mexican and US colleagues to explore the nature of North American economic integration.

The goal of the project was to open a new dialogue, centered on the disjuncture between the facts on the ground – pointing to the deepening of interdependence in such crucial areas as energy, security, health and safety, and job creation – and the near-absence of a public consciousness of shared “North American” interests. We challenged the group to “think North America,” and, by extension, to “talk North America” by mapping out how integration was actually taking place in diverse sectors, issue areas, and geographical regions.

For immediate distribution – Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Montreal – The Institute for Research on Public Policy ( today released a Working Paper series directed by Stephen Blank, Stephanie R. Golob and Guy Stanley entitled, “Mapping The New North American Reality.”

This series comprises seventeen papers presented in the final quarter of 2003 in Montreal. They outline the issues and obstacles that impede the economic and social progress that more efficient cooperation could produce. And, they highlight the stark realities that need to be addressed by critics and supporters of further integration.

The project directors explain that these papers draw on the breadth of expertise of its contributors and map out how integration has progressed, how this new reality operates, what has driven it and what has limited integration throughout the continental economy.

Some of the contributors include Laura Macdonald (on civil society), Chantal Carpentier (on trade and the environment), Joel Sokolsky (on security relations), Mary R. Brooks (on the road sector), Martin Coiteux (on monetary convergence), and Someshwar Rao (on the opportunities and challenges for Canada).

The project was completed in partnership with the Lubin School of Business at Pace University (New York), the H.E.C. (Montreal), the graduate school of business at the ITESM (Mexico) and the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University (Halifax).

“Mapping The New North American Reality” is the latest Working Paper series to be released as part of the IRPP’s Canada’s Options in North America research program. It is now available on-line in Adobe (.pdf) format on the Institute’s Web site (

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