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Right here, right now : politics and leadership in the age of disruption / Stephen J. Harper.
Publication Information:
Toronto : Signal/McClelland & Stewart, 2018.

Physical Description:
232 pages ; 24 cm


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320.52 HAR Book Adult General Collection

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In this timely and insightful new book, Stephen J. Harper, Canada's 22nd Prime Minister, draws on a decade of experience as a G-7 leader to help leaders in business and government understand, adapt, and thrive in an age of unprecedented disruption.

The world is in flux. Disruptive technologies, ideas, and politicians are challenging business models, norms, and political conventions everywhere. How we, as leaders in business and politics, choose to respond matters greatly. Some voices refuse to concede the need for any change, while others advocate for radical realignment. But neither of these positions can sustainably address the legitimate concerns of disaffected citizens.
Right Here, Right Now sets out a pragmatic, forward-looking vision for leaders in business and politics by analyzing how economic, social, and public policy trends--including globalized movements of capital, goods and services, and labour--have affected our economies, communities, and governments. Harper contends that Donald Trump's surprise election and governing agenda clearly signal that political, economic, and social institutions must be more responsive to legitimate concerns about public policy, market regulation, immigration, and technology. Urging readers to look past questions of style and gravitas, Harper thoughtfully examines the substantive underpinnings of how and why Donald Trump was able to succeed Barack Obama as President of the United States, and how these forces are manifesting themselves in other western democracies. Analyzing international trade, market regulation, immigration, technology, and the role of government in the digital economy, Harper lays out the case for pragmatic leadership as a proven solution to the uncertainty and risk that businesses and governments face today.

Author Notes

STEPHEN JOSEPH HARPER is an economist, entrepreneur, and former G-7 leader who served as Canada's 22nd Prime Minister for nearly a decade, from February 6, 2006 to November 4, 2015. Today, he is the Chairman and CEO of Harper & Associates Consulting, a firm that helps its clients navigate global business risk. He speaks regularly to global audiences about investment trends, international trade, and geopolitics. In 2018, Harper was elected Chairman of the International Democrat Union, the world's preeminent alliance of centre-right political parties.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
1 In Plain Sightp. 9
2 Seeds of Discordp. 19
3 Good Deals and Bad Dealsp. 33
4 Somewheres and Anywheresp. 47
5 Walls and Doorsp. 61
6 Rediscovering Conservatismp. 77
7 Powerful but not Perfectp. 89
8 The Art of the Dealp. 107
9 Nationalism and Alienismp. 121
10 The Path to Citizenshipp. 137
11 The Business of Businessp. 153
Epiloguep. 167
Notesp. 173
Bibliographyp. 201
Acknowledgementsp. 221
Indexp. 223