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We are pleased to announce the publication of the eighth edition of Crosscurrents, edited by Mark Charlton and Paul Barker. Since it was first published Crosscurrents has evolved into a series of three books: Contemporary Political Issues, International Relations, and International Development. For several years we have been asked to provide the debates from this series in a flexible format so instructors can pick and choose which ones they would like to use. In this edition Nelson is pleased to present two formats of the text, each taking the most popular readings from all three of the Crosscurrents texts: the Editors' Choice and the Reader's Choice.

In the Editors' Choice, our editors have carefully selected fourteen debates that span a variety of issues across the discipline, providing you with a topical collection of provocative essays and readings designed to stimulate discussion on Canadian and international politics.

If you would prefer to select your own debates, you will want to consider the Reader's Choice. It allows you to select from our complete Crosscurrents database of debates, and gives you all the flexibility of a course pack without the hard work of putting one together.

Please use this site to browse the collection and contact your local Nelson representative to learn how easy it is to create your own custom reader for your course.


About the Editors

Mark Charlton is vice-president academic and dean at St. Mary's University College, Calgary, Alberta. Professor Charlton received his Ph.D. in political science from Laval University, where he studied as an Ontario Quebec Fellow. He is author of The Making of Canadian Food Aid Policy (1992), editor of Crosscurrents: International Relations and Crosscurrents: International Development, and co-author of the Thomson Nelson's Guide to Research and Writing in Political Science (2013). He has also published a number of articles in International Journal, Etudes Internationales, Journal of Conflict Studies, and the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.

Paul Barker teaches political science at Brescia University College, London, Ontario. Professor Barker received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has written articles on public policy that have appeared in Canadian Public Administration, Canadian Public Policy, and the Canadian Journal of Law and Society.


About Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents, was developed as a collection of readings that would not only challenge students to think through a number of contemporary political issues but also foster an understanding of and tolerance for the views of others. For each issue in the Crosscurrents Collection, an introduction provides the reader with the necessary background, placing the subject in the context of more general principles of concern to the study of politics. Two essays then present conflicting viewpoints. Finally, a postscript offers a short commentary on the debate and suggests readings for students to explore the topic further.

List of Contributors

Paul Krugman is a professor of economics and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.

Robert Martin recently retired from teaching law at the University of Western Ontario.

Moses Ochonu is an associate professor, History College of Arts & Sciences, Vanderbilt University.

John Mueller holds the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, Mershon Center, and is a professor of political science at Ohio State University.

Alex Marland is associate professor of political science at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Nelson Wiseman is a professor of political science at the University of Toronto.

Peter Uvin is provost of Amherst College.

Kenneth Jennings is an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and a member of the class of 2009 at the Dalhousie Law School.

Tasha Kheiriddin is a political analyst and columnist.

Ted Robert Gurr is the Distinguished University Professor emeritus at the University of Maryland and continues to consult on projects he established there.

Thomas Flanagan recently retired as professor of political science at the University of Calgary.

Adam Davidson-Harden teaches in the Queen’s University Global Development Studies department.

Gregory Conko is senior fellow at Competitive Enterprise Institute and vice-president and member of the board of directors at AgBioWorld Foundation.

Philip L. Bryden is dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.

Paul Barker teaches political science at Brescia University College, London.

Daniel McGruder is a corporate lawyer at WeirFoulds LLP.

C.S. Prakash is a professor in plant molecular genetics and the director of the Centre for Plant Biotechnology Research at Tuskegee University.

Joseph E. Stiglitz is professor of economics at Columbia University.

Hugo Slim is a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at the University of Oxford, where he is leading research on humanitarian ethics.

Roger Townshend is a lawyer specializing in Aboriginal issues at Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP.

George Ayittey is president of the Free Africa Foundation and a professor of economics at American University, Washington, D.C

John Miller is a professor of economics at Wheaton College.

Harold J. Jansen is a professor of political science at the University of Lethbridge.

John L. Hiemstra is a professor of political science at King’s University College, Edmonton.

Gary Hufbauer is the Reginald Jones Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Anna Esselment is assistant professor of political science at the University of Waterloo.

Faron Ellis teaches politics at Lethbridge College, where he also serves as director of the Citizen Society Research Lab.

Barbara Harff is professor emerita in political science at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Brian Ames is president and political and economic analyst at Ames Universal Inc., and past division chief and advisor at the International Monetary Fund.


Additional Resources

New Political Science Solutions


Canada in Context

Global Issues in Context


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