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Finalist for the 2016 John W. Dafoe book prize for non-fiction
Winner of the 2015 Errol Sharpe book prize
Read Gordon Laxer's academic writings from over the decades under Publications.

Wherever possible, they are gathered here from many sources for your convenience.

Gordon's publications are also available on Researchgate, and Google Scholar.


Read Gordon Laxer's research reports under Reports.

Several reports have had major impacts on public debates.

Featured OPINION:

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Op-ed: Foreign interference inquiry should examine foreign-funded oil companies too

Ottawa Citizen

April 3, 2024

Read my Winnipeg Free Press op-ed below:



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Featured Publication:

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There has been a sharp upsurge of interest in my 1986 article, Class, Nationality and the Roots of the Branch Plant Economy. Something in the zeitgeist? Perhaps it’s because of the paradigm shift away from globalization and the pandemic showing the importance of governments protecting the public interest. The article is a short version of my Oxford University Press book Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada. 


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Listen to A GREEN MAJORITY MEDIA Interview with Gordon Laxer - 14 Dec 2021

00:00 / 22:10

“Why would the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), that is overwhelmingly funded by foreign-owned corporations, start a campaign vs a trifle of foreign funding for activists trying to block Alberta’s vast oil output CO2 emissions?


Listen to this Great interview by Stefan Hostetter for Green Majority Media Interview on my report “Posing as Cdn. How Big Foreign Oil captures Canadian energy & Climate Policy”:




Listen to A New Left Radio Interview with Gordon Laxer

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I am the founding Director and former head of Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Parkland is a non-corporate research institute that does public policy research to serve the public interest. When the Progressive Conservatives ruled Alberta under Ralph Klein, the Globe and Mail called Parkland Alberta’s ‘unofficial opposition’. Parkland’s mission has been to change the political culture of Alberta.


I am a Political Economist and professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, and the author of After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians (Sept 2015) Douglas & McIntyre. I am also author of Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada (Oxford University Press), which received the
John Porter Award for best book written about Canada, and editor or co-editor of four other books. I have published over 50 journal articles, refereed book chapters and refereed reports.

I was the Principal Investigator of a $1.9 million research project: Neoliberal Globalism and its Challengers: Reclaiming the Commons in the Semi-periphery (2000-2006).


I am a socially-engaged, public intellectual. My op eds have been published in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Edmonton Journal, the Calgary Herald, the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun, the Province (Vancouver), the Winnipeg Free Press, the Victoria Times Colonist, the Hill Times, the Saint John Chronicle Herald, the St. John’s Telegram, Canadian Dimension, and other publications. I have been interviewed a number of times on venues such as the CBC’s The Current, As it Happens, and the House, and served on the board of the Council of Canadians from 2004 to 2009.

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