Canadian Politics, Seventh Edition

Edited by James Bickerton and Alain-G. Gagnon

© 2020

For this new edition, James Bickerton and Alain-G. Gagnon have organized the book into six parts. Part I covers the origins and foundation of Canada as a political entity while Part II focuses on government, parliament, and the courts. Part III examines matters pertaining to federalism and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Part IV casts some new light on electoral politics and political communications and Part V examines citizenship, diversity, and social movements. Part VI, the final section of the book, concentrates on a number of political issues that merit special attention on the part of political actors and decision makers, namely the evolving relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples, immigration and refugees, environment and climate change, and relations between Canada and the United States.

This seventh edition of Canadian Politics includes 12 new chapters, with ten new contributing authors and coverage of six new subjects, and is essential reading for students and specialists studying Canadian politics.

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  • Page Count: 544 pages
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The seventh edition of Canadian Politics enriches the work of earlier editions in bringing together a highly respected group of scholars to offer a comprehensive account of Canadian government and politics.

Canadian Politics, Seventh Edition

Edited by James Bickerton and Alain-G. Gagnon

© 2020

For this new edition, James Bickerton and Alain-G. Gagnon have organized the book into six parts. Part I covers the origins and foundation of Canada as a political entity while Part II focuses on government, parliament, and the courts. Part III examines matters pertaining to federalism and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Part IV casts some new light on electoral politics and political communications and Part V examines citizenship, diversity, and social movements. Part VI, the final section of the book, concentrates on a number of political issues that merit special attention on the part of political actors and decision makers, namely the evolving relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples, immigration and refugees, environment and climate change, and relations between Canada and the United States.

This seventh edition of Canadian Politics includes 12 new chapters, with ten new contributing authors and coverage of six new subjects, and is essential reading for students and specialists studying Canadian politics.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 544 pages
  • Illustrations: 17
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “This significantly updated edition is the definitive text on institutions, party politics, and identities in Canada. It is sure to be required reading for both students of Canadian politics and contributors to the comparative turn in Canadian political science.”

    Arjun Tremblay, University of Regina

    Canadian Politics, Seventh Edition successfully introduces students to contemporary scholars working in the field, as well as multiple primary and secondary sources. Presented as a stand-alone text or as a solid companion to a traditional textbook-driven introductory course, there is no real contemporary equivalent to this volume.”

    David Tabachnick, Nipissing University

    “Timely and relevant, Canadian Politics, Seventh Edition succeeds in summarizing all the major aspects of Canadian government for undergraduates. By alluding to salient recent events, this textbook has the particular merit of treating up-to-date information throughout, particularly in the treatment of Indigenous considerations and climate change.”

    Conor Barry, St. Thomas University

  • Author Information

    James Bickerton is a professor in the Department of Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University.


    Alain-G. Gagnon is a professor in the Department of Political Science at l'Université du Québec à Montréal.
  • Table of contents

    Part I. Canadian Politics: Origins and Foundations

    1. Understanding Canada’s Origins: Federalism, Multiculturalism, and the Will to Live Together
    Samuel V. LaSelva

    2. The Canadian Political Regime from a Québec Perspective
    Guy Laforest and Alain-G. Gagnon

    Part II. Government, Parliament, and the Courts

    3. The Centre Rules: Executive Dominance
    Donald J. Savoie

    4. The House of Commons and Responsible Government
    Lori Turnbull

    5. The Senate: A Late Blooming Chameleon
    Andrew Heard

    6. The Civil Service
    Amanda Clarke

    7. Interest Groups in Canada and in the United States: Evidence of Convergence
    Éric Montpetit and Graham Wilson

    Part III. Federalism and the Charter

    8. Practices of Federalism in Canada
    Jennifer Wallner

    9. Politics and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    Raymond Bazowski

    10. Five Faces of Quebec: Shifting Small Worlds and Evolving Political Dynamics
    Alain-G. Gagnon

    11. The Two Faces of Treaty Federalism
    Martin Papillon

    Part IV. Electoral Politics and Political Communication

    12. Public Opinion and Political Cleavages in Canada
    Allison Harell, Laura Stephenson, and Lyne Deschatelêts

    13. Parties and Elections: An End to Canadian Exceptionalism
    James Bickerton

    14. Democratic Reform and the Vagaries of Partisan Politics in Canada
    Brian Tanguay

    15. Media and Strategic Communication in Canadian Politics
    Alex Marland

    Part V. Citizenship and Diversity

    16. Citizenship, Communities, and Identity in Canada
    Will Kymlicka

    17. Diversity in Canadian Politics
    Yasmeen Abu-Laban

    18. Of Pots and Pans and Radical Handmaids: Social Movements and Civil Society
    Michael Orsini

    19. Acting In and On History: The Canadian Women’s Movement
    Jacquetta Newman

    Part VI. Contemporary Issues

    20. The Relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples: Where Are We?
    Naiomi Walqwam Metallic

    21. Immigration in Canada: From Low to High Politics
    Mireille Paquet

    22. Canada and the Climate Policy Dilemma
    Debora VanNijnatten and Douglas Macdonald

    23. Canada in the World
    Mark R. Brawley

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