Canadian Politics, Sixth Edition

Canadian Politics, Sixth Edition

by James Bickerton, Alain-G. Gagnon

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ISBN-13: 9781442607057
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 03/31/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

James Bickerton is Professor of Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University. His books include, as author, Nova Scotia, Ottawa and the Politics of Regional Development; as co-author, Ties That Bind: Parties and Voters in Canada and Freedom, Equality, Community: The Political Philosophy of Six Influential Canadians; and most recently, as co-editor, Governing: Essays in Honour of Donald J. Savoie.

Alain-G. Gagnon holds the Canada Research Chair in Québec and Canadian Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His most recent books include, as author, The Case for Multinational Federalism and Minority Nations in the Age of Uncertainty; as co-author, Federalism, Citizenship, and Quebec; and, as co-editor, Federal Democracies as well as Political Autonomy and Divided Societies and Multinational Federalism.

Table of Contents



Part I. Citizenship and Identities

1. Understanding Canada's Origins: Federalism, Multiculturalism, and the Will to Live Together, Samuel V. LaSelva
2. Citizenship, Communities, and Identity in Canada, Will Kymlicka

Part II. Institutions: The Constitution and Federalism

3. Constitutional Politics, Roger Gibbins
4. The Dynamics of Canadian Federalism, Richard Simeon, Ian Robinson, and Jennifer Wallner
5. Five Faces of Quebec: Shifting Small Worlds and Evolving Political Dynamics, Alain-G. Gagnon
6. The Rise (and Fall?) of Aboriginal Self-Government, Martin Papillon

Part III. Institutions: Executive, Parliament, Bureaucracy, Courts

7. Power at the Apex: Executive Dominance, Donald J. Savoie
8. Parliament: Making the Case for Relevance, David C. Docherty
9. Two Cheers for Bureaucracy: Canada's Public Service, Paul G. Thomas
10. Judicial Politics in the Age of the Charter, Raymond Bazowski

Part IV. Culture, Parties, Elections, Media

11. Political Culture(s) in Canada: Orientations to Politics in a Pluralist, Multicultural Federation, Allison Harell and Lyne Deschâtelets
12. Competing for Power: Parties and Elections in Canada, James Bickerton
13. The Limits to Democratic Reform in Canada, Brian Tanguay
14. Political Communication in Canada: Strategies and Tactics, Alex Marland

Part V. Groups, Movements, Gender, Diversity

15. Are Interest Groups Useful or Harmful? Take Two, Éric Montpetit
16. Of Pots and Pans and Radical Handmaids: Social Movements and Civil Society, Michael Orsini
17. Women (Not) in Politics: Women's Electoral Participation, Melanee Thomas and Lisa Young
18. Diversity in Canadian Politics, Yasmeen Abu-Laban

Part VI. Canada and the World

19. Canada in the World, Mark R. Brawley
20. The Canada-United States Relationship, Stephen Brooks
21. The Changing Nature of Like-Mindedness in Canadian Diplomacy, Andrew F. Cooper

Appendix: The Constitution Act, 1982

What People are Saying About This

Janine Brodie

Once again, Bickerton and Gagnon have crafted the superior text in Canadian politics. Written by top scholars in their fields, this text delivers a balanced and refreshing account of the play of the institutional and social forces in Canadian political life. Canadian Politics is both required reading for students of Canadian politics and a rewarding read for engaged citizens.

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