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Middle powers are said to be those states occupying the middle point in a range of bigness to smallness- usually measured by quantifiable attributes as area population size complexity and strength of economy military capability and other comparable factors Cooper 1993 Canada is a middle power as defined by the preceding quotation but to a greater extent as well But it wasnt always this way After World War I Canada adopted an autonomous quite isolationist stance characterized by a refusal to engage in collective decision-making and an avoidance of all commitments possibly fearing another European war All that changed however in the aftermath of the World War that followed With the dramatic shift in economic and political systems the alignments institutions and the understandings that came with the aftermath of WWII withering away or collapsing or being dismantled Cooper 1993 the Canadian Government sought to reorganize their bureaucracies for the conduct of a more economically oriented foreign policy Truth be told Canadas wasnt entirely isolationist before in fact it had almost always been an open economy dependent on international resource markets McBride 2003 Canada was in fact one of the first globalized nations and Canadian political economists were among the first to seek to understand the impact of global relations on domestic economic and political development Canada was resource and export dependent and many believed that the lack of economic self-sufficiency drove Canadas need for new national strategies or polices McBride 2003 Derived undoubtedly from Canadas marginal semi-peripheral position within the international political economy Gordon 1966 So after WW II Canadas new national polices all sought to facilitate economic development in the context of a relatively trade dependent economy integrated into world markets Dymond 2003 That is these polices spoke to international questions such as trade and foreign investment And eventually as stated previously this international activity characteristically defined Canada as a middle power What is a middle power Well
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