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Canadian Regime An Introduction to Parliamentary Government in Canada

ISBN-10: 1442600470
ISBN-13: 9781442600478
Edition: 4th 2009 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 8/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 275
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

Lucid and readable, The Canadian Regime is a well-established, well-known introduction to Canadian government. By explaining the inner logic of parliamentary government, as well as the underlying rationale for its institutions and processes, the authors demystify what might appear to be a relatively complex political system. Urging readers to consider the organic nature of the political system-in which change in one area inevitably ripples through the rest of the system-the authors provide much more than just a description of the features of government.The fourth edition has been updated to include analysis of the 2008 Canadian federal election. Discussions of responsible government and the role of the Governor General have been revised and expanded. Coalition government, the Single Transferable Vote, and the emergence of the Green Party are explained and new developments in Senate reform and Supreme Court appointments are also covered.

Patrick Malcolmson is Professor of Political Science and former Vice-President (Academic) at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He has also served as Chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission.

Richard Myers is President of Algoma University and Professor of Political Science in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Preface
Map: Parliamentary Representation by Province
Introduction
Canada's Regime Principles
Political Regimes
Equality
Liberty
The Canadian Regime
The Constitution
Constitutions and Their Functions
Constitutional Forms
The Canadian Constitution
Amending Canada's Constitution
Judicial Review of the Constitution
Constitutional Politics Since 1982
Basic Principles of the Canadian Constitution
Responsible Government
The Emergence of Responsible Government
The Conventions of Responsible Government
Responsible Government as "Cabinet Government"
Forming a Government
Majority and Minority Government
Institutional Implications of Responsible Government
Responsible Government and Separation of Powers Compared
Federalism
What is Federalism?
Why a Federal Union?
The Original Design of the Federal Union
The Historical Development of Federalism in Canada
Financing Government and Federal-Provincial Relations
The Challenge of Canadian Federalism
Current Controversies: The Pressure to Decentralize
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
What is a Charter of Rights?
How the Charter Works: Hunter v. Southam
Remedies
The Adoption of the Charter
Opposition to the Charter
The Notwithstanding Clause
Section 1
The Political Impact of the Charter
Institutions
The Crown and its Servants
The Crown
The Governor General
The Functions of the Governor General
The Cabinet
The Cabinet Committee System
The Prime Minister
Prime Ministerial Government?
The Civil Service
Parliament
The Role of Parliament
The Parliamentary Calendar
The House of Commons: Membership and Officers
The Business of the House of Commons
The Rules of Procedure of the House of Commons
The Backbencher
House of Commons Reform
The Senate
Senate Reform
The Judiciary
The Role of the Judiciary
The Fundamental Principles of the Canadian Judiciary
Canada's Courts
The Supreme Court of Canada
The Politics of Judicial Appointments
The "Court Party" Thesis
Participation
Elections
Elections and Representation
Canada's Electoral System
The Effects of SMP
Proportional Representation
Single Transferable Vote
Voting in Canada
Political Parties
Political Parties in the Canadian Regime
The Five Functions of Political Parties
Parties and Ideology
Canada's Major Parties
The Canadian Party System
The Organization of Political Parties
Financing Political Parties
Party Government and Party Politics
Interest Groups, Public Opinion, and Democratic Citizenship
Forms of Political Participation
Interest Groups
Women in Politics
Public Opinion
The Media
The Question of Public Opinion Polls
Civic Education and Democratic Citizenship
Appendix: The Constitution Acts 1867 and 1982
Index

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