chapter  11
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When Nationalism Meets Continentalism: the Politics of Free Trade in Quebec

In comparative and international political economy, the association of nationalism with protectionism is strong and enduring. But are the forces of nationalism and international economic integration, so dominant in the 1990s, necessarily pulling in opposite directions? 'Must we', as Robert Reich (1991: 311) recently asked, 'choose between zero-sum nationalism and impassive cosmopolitanism? Do these two positions describe the only alternative modes of future citizenship?' In short, is 'free-trade nationalism' a contradiction in terms?