The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics

Hardcover | April 11, 2010

EditorJohn Courtney, David Smith

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Canada officially achieved legislative autonomy in 1931 and has since developed into one of the world's most prosperous democracies. Though its political system is widely commended for its stability and fairness, it is nonetheless extremely complex. Particularly within the past five decades,Canada has undergone a vast social and political revolution, as exhibited by events such as the Quiet Revolution in Quebec, the ratification of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Medical Care Act of 1966 and the official adoption of bilingualism and multiculturalism. As the world moves towardsglobalization, technology has likewise facilitated communication between previously isolated provinces and territories within Canada. Such developments hold significant implications for the role of Canadian politics, both domestically and internationally. The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics provides a comprehensive overview of the transformation that has occurred in Canadian politics in the last half-century, examining the institutions and processes of Canadian government and politics at the local, provincial and federal levels. It analyzes allaspects of the Canadian political system: the courts, elections, political parties, Parliament, the constitution, fiscal and political federalism, the diffusion of policies between regions, and various aspects of public policy. The Handbook examines recent trends such as the movement towardsminority Parliaments and extrapolates potential developments. This handbook represents the work of a distinguished array of contributors, including some of the world's most prominent scholars of political science. This volume renders an objective, authoritative portrait of the Canadian political system: it is indispensable to anyone interested in thetopic.

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Canada officially achieved legislative autonomy in 1931 and has since developed into one of the world's most prosperous democracies. Though its political system is widely commended for its stability and fairness, it is nonetheless extremely complex. Particularly within the past five decades,Canada has undergone a vast social and politi...

John Courtney is Professor of Political Science at the University of Saskatchewan. David Smith is Professor of Political Science at the University of Regina. Both are past presidents of the Canadian Political Science Association.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9.9 × 6.7 × 2 inPublished:April 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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About the ContributorsPrefacePart I: Introduction1. John C. Courtney and David E. Smith: Transformation of an Unnatural CountryPart II: The Constitutional Order2. Peter H. Russell: Constitution3. James B. Kelly and Christopher P. Manfredi: Courts4. Janet L. Hiebert: The Canadian Charter of Rights and FreedomsPart III: Canadian Federalism5. David E. Smith: Canada: A Double Federation6. Alain Noel: Quebec7. Harvey Lazar: Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations: Workhorse of the Federation8. Andrew Sancton: Local GovernmentPart IV: Governing Institutions9. Paul G. Thomas: Parliament and Legislatures: Central to Canadian Democracy?10. Donald J. Savoie: First Ministers, Cabinet, and the Public ServicePart V: Political Processes11. R. Kenneth Carty and William Cross: Political Parties and the Practice of Brokerage Politi12. Richard Johnston: Political Parties and the Electoral System13. Elisabeth Gidengil: Challenge and Change: Elections and Voting14. Eric Montpetit: The Deliberative and Adversarial Attitudes of Interest Groups15. Stuart Soroka and Christopher Wlezien: Public Opinion and Public Policy16. Jonathan Rose and Paul Nesbitt-Larking: Politics and the Media: Culture, Technology, and RegulationPart VI: Canadian Society17. Will Kymlicka: Ethnic, Linguistic, and Multicultural Diversity of Canada18. Brenda O`Neill and Lisa Young: Women in Canadian Politics19. David Newhouse and Yale Belanger: Beyond the 'Indian Problem': Aboriginal Peoples and The Transformation of CanadaPart VII: Canada in the World20. Jennifer M. Welsh: Canada and the World: Beyond Middle Power21. Stephen Brooks: Canada-United States Relations22. Michael Hart: Trade, Globalization, and Canadian ProsperityPart VIII: Major Issues of the Twenty-first Century23. Jane Jenson: Continuities and Change in the Design of Canada's Social Architecture24. Gregory P. Marchildon: Health Care25. Grace Skogstad: Science and Technology: Politicians and the Public26. Michael Howlett and Sima Joshi-Koop: Canadian Environmental Politics and Policy27. Elinor Sloan: Defence and Security28. F. Leslie Seidle: Democratic Reform: The Search for Guiding PrinciplesIndexList of Tables and Figures