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A Civil Society? Collective Actors in Canadian Political Life
     

A Civil Society? Collective Actors in Canadian Political Life

by Miriam Smith
 

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ISBN-10: 1551112310

ISBN-13: 9781551112312

Pub. Date: 04/12/2005

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division

Focusing on the traditional state-centred arenas of group and social movement influence such as Parliament, elections, the bureaucracy and the courts, this book argues that the terrain of group politics in Canada has been restructured by the transition from the Keynesian welfare state era to the era of neoliberal globalization. It surveys the main approaches to the

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Focusing on the traditional state-centred arenas of group and social movement influence such as Parliament, elections, the bureaucracy and the courts, this book argues that the terrain of group politics in Canada has been restructured by the transition from the Keynesian welfare state era to the era of neoliberal globalization. It surveys the main approaches to the study of collective action in the Canadian context, including theories such as pluralism, neo-Marxism, historical institutionalism, and rational choice theory. The core of the analysis draws on political economy and historical institutionalism to explore the ways in which Canadian political institutions are in the midst of a fundamental transformation brought on by the shift to neoliberalism. Miriam Smith argues that political-institutional changes in federalism and intergovernmental relations, the role of the courts in the wake of the Charter, the decline of the legislature, the concentration of power at the centre, the relative displacement of the public service, the regionalization of the brokerage party system, and the rise of professional lobbyists have altered the scope for group politics in Canada. The restructuring of Canadian politics has gone beyond the level of policy change, reshaping the central institutions of the state. The core political institutions of the Canadian state are in the midst of their own restructuring process, one that will make a less democratic Canada.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551112312
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date:
04/12/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

  1. Neoliberalism and Group Politics
  2. Understanding Group and Movement Politics
  3. Historical Trajectories of Influence in Canadian Politics
  4. Arenas of Influence: Parliament, Parties, and Elections
  5. arenas elections and parties, parliament, influence: of
  6. Arenas of Influence: Bureaucracy and Policy Communities
  7. arenas and influence: of communities policy bureaucracy
  8. Arenas of Influence: Courts
  9. arenas influence: of courts
  10. Conclusions

References

Index

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