Contested Federalism: Certainty and Ambiguity in the Canadian Federation

Paperback | January 26, 2009

byHerman Bakvis, Gerald Baier, Douglas Brown

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Federalism - particularly in Canada - involves an ongoing contestation of interests, ideas, and identities. It is a contestation that sometimes clarifies but often obscures the nature of conflicts and the manner in which they are resolved. Recognizing the great degree of ambivalence associatedwith federalism, the authors provide students with the conceptual tools and basic knowledge of various governmental processes that will allow them to analyze and, if necessary, critique intergovernmental relations. Focusing on three areas - basic federal and intergovernmental structure; theconstitutional and institutional framework of the federation; and 'federal governance' - Contested Federalism is an engaging and balanced treatment of federalism in Canada.

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Federalism - particularly in Canada - involves an ongoing contestation of interests, ideas, and identities. It is a contestation that sometimes clarifies but often obscures the nature of conflicts and the manner in which they are resolved. Recognizing the great degree of ambivalence associatedwith federalism, the authors provide studen...

Herman Bakvis is Professor of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. His research interests include federalism, the policy process, and government structure and organization. Gerald Baier is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. His research interests focus on Canadian federalis...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6 × 9 × 0.6 inPublished:January 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195425294

ISBN - 13:9780195425291

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Approaches to Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations2. The Economic, Social, and Institutional Basis of Canadian Federalism3. Intergovernmental Relations and the Policy Process: A Framework4. The Constitution and Constitutional Change5. Judicial Review and Dispute Resolution6. The Settings of Executive Federalism7. The Management and Reform of Executive Federalism8. Fiscal Relations: Basic Principles and Overview9. Fiscal Relations: Key Issues into the Harper Era10. The Social Union, SUFA, and the Health Care Gorilla11. Economic Union and Economic Policy12. The Environmental Union13. Local Government and Federalism14. Aboriginal Governments and FederalismConclusion: The Ambivalent Federation

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"This is a book I've waited for 35 years for: it is comprehensive, superbly readable, uniform in style and language, and consistent in its comprehensibility. It has immediate coherence, relevance, and accessibility. Its voice is clear, timely, thoughtful, and provocative. It illuminateswithout preaching. It will become the superior primer on Canadian federalism for students first encountering this versatile governing system." --Anthony Careless, University of Toronto