Transforming Provincial Politics: The Political Economy of Canada's Provinces and Territories in the Neoliberal Era

Edited by Bryan M. Evans and Charles W. Smith

© 2015

Over the past thirty-five years, Canada’s provinces and territories have undergone significant political changes. Abandoning mid-century Keynesian policies, governments of all political persuasions have turned to deregulation, tax reduction, and government downsizing as policy solutions for a wide range of social and economic issues. Transforming Provincial Politics is the first province-by-province analysis of politics and political economy in more than a decade, and the first to directly examine the turn to neoliberal policies at the provincial and territorial level.

Featuring chapters written by experts in the politics of each province and territory, Transforming Provincial Politics examines how neoliberal policies have affected politics in each jurisdiction. A comprehensive and accessible analysis of the issues involved, this collection will be welcomed by scholars, instructors, and anyone interested in the state of provincial politics today.

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  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
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  • Page Count: 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.2in x 9.1in
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Transforming Provincial Politics is the first province-by-province analysis of politics and political economy in more than a decade, and the first to directly examine the turn to neoliberal policies at the provincial and territorial level.

Transforming Provincial Politics: The Political Economy of Canada's Provinces and Territories in the Neoliberal Era

Edited by Bryan M. Evans and Charles W. Smith

© 2015

Over the past thirty-five years, Canada’s provinces and territories have undergone significant political changes. Abandoning mid-century Keynesian policies, governments of all political persuasions have turned to deregulation, tax reduction, and government downsizing as policy solutions for a wide range of social and economic issues. Transforming Provincial Politics is the first province-by-province analysis of politics and political economy in more than a decade, and the first to directly examine the turn to neoliberal policies at the provincial and territorial level.

Featuring chapters written by experts in the politics of each province and territory, Transforming Provincial Politics examines how neoliberal policies have affected politics in each jurisdiction. A comprehensive and accessible analysis of the issues involved, this collection will be welcomed by scholars, instructors, and anyone interested in the state of provincial politics today.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.2in x 9.1in
  • Reviews

    ‘Readers of this book will learn a great deal about provincial politics over the past 35 years; their eyes will be opened to the "mystery" of territorial politics; they will obtain a fuller appreciation of the pervasiveness of neoliberalism at the provincial level.’


    Rand Dyck
    Labour/Le Travail vol 77 spring 2016

    ‘Provincial specialists often have crowded bookshelves. Because good material is dispersed and rare, many titles grace my shelves "just in case." But this anthology arrives just in time – and I will work it hard for reference and teaching.


    Jamie Lawson
    BC Studies issue 192 Winter 2016/17

    ‘Evans and Smith’s edited volume must be an obligatory read for Canadianists, foreign policy analysts, international relations actors, economists, political economists, political scientists, and policy analysts that want to understand how neoliberalism operates at the local level.’


    Stefano Tijerina
    American Review of Canadian Studies vol 46:04:2016

    ‘This volume provides a valuable analysis of each province…. Each chapter provides a useful historical account of recent economic, social, and political change… Recommended for students of Canadian politics.’


    P.N. Malcolmson
    Choice Magazine - Vol 53:05:2015

    “There is no other work that deals as comprehensively with how neoliberalism has shaped Canada’s provinces and territories. Transforming Provincial Politics is an outstanding collection.”


    Stephen McBride, Department of Political Science, McMaster University

    Transforming Provincial Politics represents a major step forward for Canadian political economy. Every page provides fresh insights on how neoliberalism has remade provincial governments – often to the benefit of business and the affluent alike. Evans and Smith’s collection of rigorously researched and well-argued chapters is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the inner workings of provincial politics today.”


    John Peters, Department of Political Science, Laurentian University
  • Author Information

    Bryan M. Evans is a professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.


    Charles W. Smith is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Studies at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Neoliberal Transformations
    The Transformation of Provincial Politics: The Political Economy of Canada’s Provinces and Territories in a Neoliberal Era (Bryan Evans and Charles W. Smith)

    Part One: Resistance and Neoliberal Restructuring in Atlantic Canada

    Newfoundland and Labrador, 1979–2011: Contradiction and Continuity in a Neoliberal era (Sean T. Cadigan)

    Politics on Prince Edward Island: Plus ça change… (Peter McKenna)

    Nova Scotia: Fiscal Crisis and Party System Transition (Peter Clancy)

    The Political Economy of New Brunswick: Selling New Brunswick Power (Don Desserud)

    Part Two: Neoliberalism and the Decline of Central Canada

    Québec Nationalism and Québec Politics from Left to Right (Peter Graefe)

    The Transformation of Ontario Politics: The Long Assent of Neoliberalism (Bryan Evans and Charles W. Smith)

    Part Three: Neoliberalism and the “New” West

    The Politics of Inoculation in Manitoba: Sustaining Electoral Success through the Third Way (Byron Sheldrick)

    Saskatchewan: From Cradle of Social Democracy to Neoliberalism’s Sandbox (Aidan D. Conway and J.F. Conway)

    The Politics of Alberta’s One-Party State (Steve Patten)

    British Columbia: The Neoliberal Politics of Centre-Right Coalition (Dennis Pilon)

    Part Four: New Opportunities and Old Problems: The North

    Managing the Moraine: Political Economy and Political Culture Approaches to Assessing the Success of Nunavut (Ailsa Henderson and Graham White)

    The Northwest Territories: A New Day? (Gabrielle Slowey)

    The Yukon: A New Era of First Nations Governance and Intergovernmental Relations (Gabrielle Slowey)

    Epilogue: The Transformation of Provincial Societies

    Mapping the Neoliberal Transformation in Canada’s Provinces (Bryan Evans and Charles W. Smith)

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