Canadian Federalism: Performance, Effectiveness, and Legitimacy, Fourth Edition

Edited by Herman Bakvis and Grace Skogstad

© 2020

Canadian Federalism is Canada’s leading text on federal institutions and processes. The fourth edition provides extensive updates and covers all the significant developments of the past decade, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s battles with the Supreme Court and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts at a more co-operative approach to intergovernmental relations. It also features two entirely new chapters – one on criminal justice and criminal law, the other on comparative federalism. Specific topics include the Supreme Court’s renewed emphasis on co-operative federalism and a federal–provincial balance tilted more in favour of the provinces, the Trudeau government’s efforts to broker a deal between provinces over pipelines and carbon taxes as part of its commitment under the Paris Agreement, the strains imposed on federal–provincial relations with the influx of refugees, and the changing role of Ottawa and the provinces towards cities and in accommodating Indigenous rights. Examination of these key issues includes discussion of the implications of the 2019 federal election and recent provincial elections.

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This is Canada’s only up-to-date collection of essays on issues in Canadian federalism, covering the Harper and Trudeau eras, as well as federal-provincial debates over healthcare, climate change, trade, and more.

Canadian Federalism: Performance, Effectiveness, and Legitimacy, Fourth Edition

Edited by Herman Bakvis and Grace Skogstad

© 2020

Canadian Federalism is Canada’s leading text on federal institutions and processes. The fourth edition provides extensive updates and covers all the significant developments of the past decade, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s battles with the Supreme Court and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts at a more co-operative approach to intergovernmental relations. It also features two entirely new chapters – one on criminal justice and criminal law, the other on comparative federalism. Specific topics include the Supreme Court’s renewed emphasis on co-operative federalism and a federal–provincial balance tilted more in favour of the provinces, the Trudeau government’s efforts to broker a deal between provinces over pipelines and carbon taxes as part of its commitment under the Paris Agreement, the strains imposed on federal–provincial relations with the influx of refugees, and the changing role of Ottawa and the provinces towards cities and in accommodating Indigenous rights. Examination of these key issues includes discussion of the implications of the 2019 federal election and recent provincial elections.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 520 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “The fourth edition of Canadian Federalism is an excellent survey of the history, structures, and processes of Canadian federalism. Collectively, the chapters cover all of the major policy fields that federalism has shaped, and perform the valuable task of bringing together disparate aspects of the federal system under one framework. Canadian Federalism is well-written, well-organized, and hugely valuable for teaching purposes.”
    Dave Snow, University of Guelph

    “This fourth edition is a welcome and timely update to this ongoing examination of the way federalism works in Canada. Students across the country will benefit from the insights contained within these pages.”
    Jennifer Wallner, University of Ottawa

    "Bakvis and Skogstad’s book has been an anchor in the literature for years. This fourth edition is a significant revision and an indispensable read for everyone interested in Canadian federalism."
    Andrew Heard, Simon Fraser University
  • Author Information

    Herman Bakvis is a professor emeritus in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria.


    Grace Skogstad is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    Part I Socio-Economic Foundations, Institutions, and Processes of Canadian Federalism

    1. Canadian Federalism: Performance, Effectiveness, and Legitimacy
    Herman Bakvis and Grace Skogstad

    2. Canada as a Case of Comparative Federalism
    Jörg Broschek

    3. Quebec and the Canadian Federation
    David Cameron

    4. The Courts, the Division of Powers, and Dispute Resolution
    Gerald Baier

    5. Criminal Justice and Criminal Law
    Dennis Baker

    6  Federalism, Political Parties, and the Burden of National Unity: Still Making Federalism Do the Heavy Lifting?
    Herman Bakvis and A. Brian Tanguay

    7. Intergovernmental Relations in a Complex Federation
    Robert Schertzer

    Part II The Social and Economic Union

    8. Federalism and Canada’s Economic Union
    Grace Skogstad and Matt Wilder

    9. International Trade and the Evolution of Federalism
    Christopher Kukucha

    10. Fiscal Federalism: The Importance of Balance
    Douglas M. Brown

    11. The Three Federalisms and Change in Social Policy
    Keith G. Banting

    12. Federalism and Universal Health Care: A Question of Performance and Effectiveness
    Herman Bakvis

    13. Federalism and Immigration in Canada
    Mireille Paquet

    14. Federalism and Canadian Climate Change Policy
    Mark Winfield and Douglas Macdonald

    Part III Re-imagining the Federation

    15. Nation to Nation? Canadian Federalism and Indigenous Multilevel Governance
    Martin Papillon

    16. Municipalities in the Federation
    Jack Lucas (Calgary) and Alison Smith

    Conclusion: Taking Stock of Canadian Federalism
    Grace Skogstad and Herman Bakvis

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