Canadian Democracy

Paperback | March 15, 2015

byStephen Brooks

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While offering a thorough grounding in the institutions and processes of Canadian government, this book focuses on issues of individual, group, and regional equalities and freedoms while raising thought-provoking questions about the nature of Canadian democracy itself.

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While offering a thorough grounding in the institutions and processes of Canadian government, this book focuses on issues of individual, group, and regional equalities and freedoms while raising thought-provoking questions about the nature of Canadian democracy itself.

Stephen Brooks is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor, where he teaches in the areas of Canadian politics, public administration, and American politics. His research interests include the political influence of intellectuals, political thought in Canada and the United States, and foreign per...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.75 inPublished:March 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019901115X

ISBN - 13:9780199011155

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Part I: Introduction1. An Introduction to Political LifeWhat is Politics?PowerState and GovernmentDemocracyPolitical IdentitiesPolitical Fault Lines, Old and NewPart II: The Societal Context of Politics2. Political CultureIdeologies, Values, and InstitutionsExplaining Ideas and InstitutionsThe Political Ideas of CanadiansCitizen Expectations for Government3. The Social and Economic SettingMaterial Well-BeingEqualityQuality of LifeIndependence4. Diversity and MulticulturalismFrom Founding Nations to Multiculturalism: The Changing Ethnic Demography of CanadaOfficial Recognition and the Institutionalization of DiversityDiversity and Political RepresentationOther Models of Integration and AccommodationImmigration and Economic Integration5. Regionalism and Canadian PoliticsThe Unexpected Persistence of RegionalismMapping Regionalism in CanadaCanada's Cultural RegionsCross-Border RegionsRegional Identities and Western AlienationPart III: The Structures of Governance6. The ConstitutionConstitutional FunctionsCommunity and IdentityCanada's ConstitutionThe Charter of Rights and FreedomsParliamentary Government in CanadaChanging the ConstitutionCitizen Participation in Constitutional Reform7. Rights and FreedomsComing to Terms: What Do Rights and Freedoms Mean?On the Origins and Meanings of RightsRights and Their ProtectionThe Pre-Charter Era: 1867-1981Life Under the CharterApplying the CharterHas the Charter "Americanized" Canadian Politics?8. FederalismWhat Is Federalism?The Origins, Maintenance, and Demise of Federal StatesThe Origins of Canadian FederalismThe Federal Division of PowersThe Courts and FederalismEvolving FederalismThe Federal Spending Power, National Standards, and the Social UnionCurrent Challenges of Fiscal Federalism9. The Machinery of GovernmentThe Executive BranchThe LegislatureThe Democratic Deficit?The CourtsAppendix: How a Law Is Passed10. The Administrative StateProfessionalization of the Public ServiceEfficiency and AccountabilityGlobalization and the StateThe Structure of Canadian BureaucracyPart IV: Participation in Politics11. Parties and ElectionsParties: Definitions and FunctionsThe Origins and Evolution of Canada's Party SystemThe 1993 and 1997 Elections: The End of Brokerage Politics?The 2000 Election: Alliance Stalled?The 2004, 2006, and 2008 Elections: A Divided ElectorateThe 2011 Election: A 60/40 Country?Selecting Party Leaders in CanadaThe Electoral System and Its ConsequencesVoting BehaviourParty Finances and Special Interests12. Interest GroupsCharting the TerritoryThe Bias of the Interest Group SystemAnalytical Perspectives on Interest GroupsThe Ingredients of Interest Group SuccessThe Impact of Federalism on Interest GroupsStrategies for Influence13. The Media"The Pictures in Our Heads"What Do the Media Produce?What Determines the Mass Media Product?The Media and DemocracyPart V: Contemporary Issues in Canadian Political Life14. Language PoliticsThe Demographics of Language PoliticsThe Trajectory of NationalismThe Quiet Revolution and Its LegacyA Distinct Society?Appendix: Proposals for a Distinct Society Clause15. Women and PoliticsThe Social Construction of Gender DifferencesThe Under-representation of Women in Canadian Public LifeWomen in PoliticsOrganizing for InfluenceAppendix 1: Selected Women's Organizations in CanadaAppendix 2: Selected Dates in Women's Progress towards Legal and Political Equality16. Aboriginal PoliticsAboriginal Demographics: Who and How Many?The Language of Aboriginal PoliticsWho Is an Indian?The Reserve SystemAssimilation, Integration, Self-DeterminationOrganizing for Political InfluenceSovereignty, Landownership, and Aboriginal Rights: The Battle in the CourtsThe Institutionalization of Aboriginal AffairsThe Way Forward17. Canada in the WorldThe Meaning and Consequences of Globalization for CanadaGlobalization and Canada-US RelationsIntegration and Independence: Finding the Right BalanceAppendix: Timeline of Canada in the World

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"The textbook covers all of the major areas that are necessary (indeed, crucial) for an introductory course on Canadian government and politics." --Royce Koop, University of Manitoba