Canadian Politics, Sixth Edition

Canadian Politics, Sixth Edition

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Edited by James Bickerton and Alain-G. Gagnon
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division © 2014
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528 Pages
ISBN 9781442607033
Published Mar 2014
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The sixth edition of Canadian Politics offers a comprehensive introduction to Canadian government and politics by a highly respected group of political scientists. For this edition, the editors have organized the book into six parts. Part I examines Canadian citizenship and political identities, while Parts II and III deal with Canadian political institutions, including Aboriginal governments, and contain new chapters on the public service and Quebec. Parts IV and V shift the focus to the political process, discussing issues pertaining to culture and values, parties and elections, media, groups, movements, gender, and diversity. The chapters on Parliament, bureaucracy, political culture, political communications, social movements, and media are new to this edition. Finally, three chapters in the last section of the book analyze components of Canadian politics that have been gaining prominence during the last decade: the effects of globalization, the shifting ground of Canadian-American relations, and the place of Canada in the changing world order. Of the 21 chapters in this edition, 9 are new and the remainder have been thoroughly revised and updated.

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.


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
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.

Janine Brodie, FRSC, Distinguished University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Economy and Social Governance, University of Alberta