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Productivism, Neoliberalism, and Responses to Regional Disparities in Canada: The Case of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Rédigé par :: [dimanche 22 septembre 2019 15:35] Denière mise à jour par Azure René de Cotret :: [mardi 22 septembre 2020 15:36]
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Année : 2019 Auteur(s) et collaborateur(s) Foster, Karen; Volume et numéro : , 48 Revue : , Acadiensis Collection : , 2 Pages : , 117-145 ISSN : 0044-5851 Résumé Nowhere in the 1987 act establishing the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) was there any mention of productivity, but today it is its top priority. I argue that ACOA’s shifting mandate reflects the growth of a idea other scholars have called “productivism” – the idea that economic growth (usually by way of productivity growth) is a good, in and of itself. This idea has shaped not only the agendas of other government agencies, but the entire project of regional redistribution, conceptions of national unity, and expert and lay understandings of what the Canadian economy is and how it functions.