The Fragmentation and Integration of North American Governance: Border Security and Economic Policy for the Obama Administration

  • Greg Anderson University of Alberta


A change of administration in Washington, D.C. in early 2009 will not represent a significant departure from recent approaches to border management in North America. The post-9/11 marriage of economics and security will continue to make border management difficult in security and economic terms for all three NAFTA countries. With no political momentum for new trade liberalization initiative in North America and security remaining as an overriding priority, the status quo will prevail. That means policy largely driven from Washington and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). However,the evolution of federalism in all three countries and proposals for reform of DHS offer hope for progress in border management driven by cross border necessities rather than dictates from Ottawa, Washington, or Mexico City.
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