Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Nicholas Nyiri

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor


This thesis attempts to analyze the problematic nature of Canada’s defence policy by utilizing general systems theory as the prime method of inquiry. While much of the existing literature on Canadian defence policy is of a singular or partial nature, there is a need for a more holistic approach to the study of defence policy.

General systems theory, being a normative theory with a scientific base, assumes a holistic approach while offering explanations in behavioural phenomena as well as indicating possible future conditions.

This thesis examines the past and present of Canadian defence policy as seen in the perspective of ever-changign political, strategic and military conditions prevailing in the international systems environment. In a developmental sense, this analysis should be regarded as an ongoing process whereby a general theory has been utilized to explain and interpret existing data in such a way as to arrive at a new synthesis in the search for human knowledge.

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