Canada and the United States: Differences that Count, Fourth Edition

Edited by David M. Thomas and David N. Biette

© 2014

Canada and the United States: Differences that Count investigates why and how the United States and Canada—while so close and seemingly so similar—remain different in so many ways. In seventeen analytical yet readable chapters, leading authorities look at the American and the Canadian ways of doing things. The questions they address affect us all in ways great and small: as citizens, as students, and as policymakers. Our similarities and our differences are not always as we have assumed them to be, and this volume helps us learn from one another's experiences.

The fourth edition features new chapters on taxation, revenues, and budgets; health care; banking and financial regulation; legislatures; foreign policy; prime ministers and presidents; and state-province comparisons. Every chapter has been updated to take into consideration major developments and changes since the third edition, including the economic meltdown of 2008, changing electoral outcomes, new census data, and new policy directions in both countries—especially concerning health care and the environment.

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Canada and the United States: Differences that Count investigates why and how the United States and Canada—while so close and seemingly so similar—remain different in so many ways.

Canada and the United States: Differences that Count, Fourth Edition

Edited by David M. Thomas and David N. Biette

© 2014

Canada and the United States: Differences that Count investigates why and how the United States and Canada—while so close and seemingly so similar—remain different in so many ways. In seventeen analytical yet readable chapters, leading authorities look at the American and the Canadian ways of doing things. The questions they address affect us all in ways great and small: as citizens, as students, and as policymakers. Our similarities and our differences are not always as we have assumed them to be, and this volume helps us learn from one another's experiences.

The fourth edition features new chapters on taxation, revenues, and budgets; health care; banking and financial regulation; legislatures; foreign policy; prime ministers and presidents; and state-province comparisons. Every chapter has been updated to take into consideration major developments and changes since the third edition, including the economic meltdown of 2008, changing electoral outcomes, new census data, and new policy directions in both countries—especially concerning health care and the environment.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.5in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    I'm very excited about this book. And even though I no longer buy many books for my personal library, I definitely plan to buy this new edition.
    Mildred A. Schwartz, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois at Chicago

    In the tradition of Seymour Martin Lipset, the fourth edition of Canada and the United States comprehensively compares the political, economic, and social differences between the two countries. With a careful exploration of the ever-shifting demographics, values, and governance structures, the book presents a wealth of insights based on comparative analysis. Bringing together the contributions of leading experts, it represents an updated and valuable resource for scholars, students, and others hoping to better understand the US and Canada.
    Daniyal Zuberi, University of Toronto
  • Author Information

    David M. Thomas has held senior academic administrative appointments at Mount Royal University in Calgary and is retired Vice President Academic of Vancouver Island University. He was also the recipient of Mount Royal's Distinguished Faculty Award. He is the author of Whistling Past the Graveyard: Constitutional Abeyances, Quebec, and the Future of Canada and co-editor of Braving the New World: Readings in Contemporary Politics.


    David N. Biette is Director of the Canada Institute, an integral program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has served as executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, and as a political-economic officer at the Consulate General of Canada in New York. He is the author of numerous chapters, policy briefs, and op-eds, and appears regularly in US and Canadian media.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: Plus ça change?
    David M. Thomas (with David N. Biette)
    Data Gold Mines and Minefields
    Barbara Boyle Torrey

    Part One: Populations, Impressions, Values, and Cultures
    1. Population Tectonics: Life and Death in North America
    Barbara Boyle Torrey
    2. Imagining Each Other
    Stephen Brooks
    3. America Pivots Toward Progressive Canada: Recent Trajectories of Social Change in North America
    Michael Adams
    4. Football, Frats, and Fiscal Peril vs. Commuters, Carping, and Rising Costs: The New Financial, Social, and Psychological Context of Higher Education in Canada and the United States
    Henry Srebrnik (with David M. Thomas)
    Data Sources for Future Research

    Part Two: Governance and Governing Mechanisms
    5. Past Futures: Federalism Under Stress
    David M. Thomas
    6. Prime Ministers and Presidents: Institutional Differences and Political Convergence
    Thomas M.J. Bateman
    7. Turning Out or Tuning Out? Electoral Participation in Canada and the United States
    Michael D. Martinez
    8. Legislatures and Parties: Heightened Divisions Since the 1990s
    Melissa Haussman and Lori Turnbull
    9. Two Nations Under Law
    Hon. Roger P. Kerans
    Data Sources for Future Research

    Part Three: Economic Systems, Taxation, and Safety Nets
    10. Banks, Banking, Regulatory Mechanisms, and the Public Interest: What's So Different?
    Kathryn C. Lavelle and Tony Porter
    11. Getting Things Straight: The Complex World of Budgetary Policy
    Munir A. Sheikh
    12. Health Care in Canada and the United States
    Antonia Maioni
    13. Choose Your Parents Wisely: Economic Inequality and Mobility in Canada and the United States
    John Harles
    Data Sources for Future Research

    Part Four: Policy Differences, Policy Challenges, and Policy Change
    14. So Near and Yet So Far: Washington and British Columbia in the New Century
    Jonathan W. Lampman and David M. Thomas
    15. Environmental Policy in Canada and the United States: Climate Change and Increasing Distinctiveness
    Debora L. VanNijnatten
    16. First Nations: Turning Promises Into Action?
    Kathy Brock
    17. Reflections on Foreign Policies, Defence Budgets, Borders, and the Current State of the Partnership
    David N. Biette and Alexandra Kuschner

    Conclusion: Plus c'est la même chose?
    Contributors
    Index

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