Framing Canadian Federalism: Essays in Honour of John T. Saywell by Dimitry AnastakisFraming Canadian Federalism: Essays in Honour of John T. Saywell by Dimitry Anastakis

Framing Canadian Federalism: Essays in Honour of John T. Saywell

byDimitry Anastakis, Penny Bryden

Paperback | June 7, 2009

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Framing Canadian Federalism assembles an impressive range of scholars to consider many important issues that relate to federalism and the history of Canada's legal, political, and social evolution. Covering themes that include the Supreme Court of Canada, changing policies towards human rights, First Nations, as well as the legendary battles between Mitchell Hepburn and W.L. Mackenzie King, this collection illustrates the central role that federalism continues to play in the Canadian polity.

Editors Dimitry Anastakis and P.E. Bryden and the volume's contributors, demonstrate the pervasive effects that federalism has on Canadian politics, economics, culture, and history, and provide a detailed framework in which to understand contemporary federalism. Written in honour of John T. Saywell's half-century of accomplished and influential scholarly work and teaching, Framing Canadian Federalism is a timely and fitting tribute to one of the discipline's foremost thinkers.

Dimitry Anastakis teaches Canadian history at Trent University. He has published seven monographs and collections, including Smart Globalization: The Canadian Business and Economic History Experience (2014) and the prize-winning Autonomous State: The Struggle for a Canadian Car Industry from OPEC to Free Trade (2013). P.E. Bryden is...
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Title:Framing Canadian Federalism: Essays in Honour of John T. SaywellFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.73 inPublished:June 7, 2009Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802094368

ISBN - 13:9780802094360

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some Good, Some Average Another collection of Canadian history essays edited by Dimitry Anastakis and P.E. Bryden. In my opinion "The Sixties: Passion, Politics, and Style" was better because the periodization allowed for a tighter focus. Federalism is one of those fuzzy terms which can stand for just about anything you want it to be, and therefore the tendency for tangentalization is very high. That said, there are still some good essays in here. The introduction actually does a good job with its definition of "federalism" -- as a nation-building ideology "propogating competing narratives of Canada's past to create imagined communities." In my opinion, the first essay titled "One Version of History" by R. Blake Brown is the best one of the lot. It describes the failure of the Supreme Court of Canada to fully appreciate the nuance of the BNA Act choosing instead to adopt a teleological method of historical analysis that sees constitutionalism as part of a Canadian tradition of evolutionary democracy, all in the attempt to challenge Quebec's right to unilateral secession. Michael Behiel's essay "Canada and International Instruments of Human Rights" is an interesting analysis of the constant tension between federal and provincial power and the prickly issue of human rights. Trudeau of course figures prominently here in the discussion as does Quebec's "Quiet Revolution." A couple of the latter essays focus on the automobile manufacturing industry and the "cooperative federalism" which helped to bring about the Auto Pact in 1965, requiring all parties to find common ground for the benefit of all. In the last essay, Anastakis includes a deeply personal account of his experiences with the late Canadian historian John T. Saywell and chronicles his long academic career in the greater context of Canadian historiography overall. Overall, I found at least half of the essays worth reading for sure. Even at that, I'm still recommending this collection especially for anyone who wants more background information on constitutional issues and that curious Canadian experiment we call "federalism."
Date published: 2009-09-01