Useful links and references

C.D. Howe Institute papers

The C.D. Howe Institute, named for a prominent Canadian public servant, tends to be business-friendly, and is listed by Mirowski (2013) as part of the Mont Pelerin Society’s neo-liberal thought collective.  The papers it publishes tend to be consistent with that perspective.  For similar views, see the Fraser Institute, and for less market enthusiasm, see the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Learning Objectives

This course is part of the mandatory common core at RMC because a professional officer must be able to understand and explain the implications of international events, and to assess critically the explanations of others.  Seeking to understand the significance of events and issues in international relations should engage you throughout your career.  You won’t learn everything you need in one course. The course should permit you to do several important things as a leader and “manager of violence”:

Peter Howitt (2015) Mushrooms and Yeast: The Implications of Technological Progress for Canada’s Economic Growth. “Economic growth from technological innovation tends to spring up in unpredictable places, creating winners and losers, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Mushrooms and Yeast: The Implications of Technological Progress for Canada’s Economic Growth,” author Peter Howitt finds that rather than focusing on supporting specific industries, governments should encourage and harness economic growth through a process of “creative destruction.”

Pool, R. (1997). Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology: How Society Shapes Technology. Oxford University Press.  Introduction, “Understanding Technology”.