New Trends in Canadian Federalism, Second Edition

Edited by Francois Rocher and Miriam Smith

© 2003

This second edition renews the promise of the first: it offers a fresh and comprehensive exploration of the complexity of Canadian federal politics. It begins with a comprehensive section on constitutional politics, which examines topics ranging from executive federalism to multiculturalism including new chapters on judicial review and the division of powers, Aboriginal governance and federalism, and the implication of treaty rights for self-governance. This is followed by seven chapters that both provide a select survey of public policy areas and explore the impact of federal-provincial relations on policy evolution and outcomes. Updated chapters on trade policy, labour policy, the environment, regionalism, and, of course, health care are all to be found, alongside new work on social assistance and Canadian federalism and federation in comparative perspective. Throughout, the book reveals the visions that have animated Canada's longstanding constitutional debates, the role of executive federalism and the courts in relation to the evolution of federalism, and the essential dynamism of policy development. Together they demonstrate that, despite the lack of a formal constitutional agreement, important changes are occurring in the Canadian federal system.

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This new edition offers a fresh and comprehensive exploration of the complexity of Canadian federal politics.

New Trends in Canadian Federalism, Second Edition

Edited by Francois Rocher and Miriam Smith

© 2003

This second edition renews the promise of the first: it offers a fresh and comprehensive exploration of the complexity of Canadian federal politics. It begins with a comprehensive section on constitutional politics, which examines topics ranging from executive federalism to multiculturalism including new chapters on judicial review and the division of powers, Aboriginal governance and federalism, and the implication of treaty rights for self-governance. This is followed by seven chapters that both provide a select survey of public policy areas and explore the impact of federal-provincial relations on policy evolution and outcomes. Updated chapters on trade policy, labour policy, the environment, regionalism, and, of course, health care are all to be found, alongside new work on social assistance and Canadian federalism and federation in comparative perspective. Throughout, the book reveals the visions that have animated Canada's longstanding constitutional debates, the role of executive federalism and the courts in relation to the evolution of federalism, and the essential dynamism of policy development. Together they demonstrate that, despite the lack of a formal constitutional agreement, important changes are occurring in the Canadian federal system.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ...provides valuable insights into the current crossroads we have reached because of competing views of the form our federal system should take. At each stage [it] shows the practical political controversies that arise because Canada has a federal division of powers. This is the most useful text on federalism to be published in years. It should be required reading for any class on Canadian federalism.


    Andrew Heard, Simon Fraser University

    Excellent for contemporary issues.


    Michael D. Behiels, University of Ottawa
  • Author Information

    François Rocher is Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He has held a similar position at Carleton University, where he was also director of the School of Canadian Studies. He is the co-editor, with Miriam Smith, of New Trends in Canadian Federalism (University of Toronto Press, 2003) and has extensively published on constitutional politics, intergovernmental relations, immigration, and citizenship in Canada.


    Miriam Smith is Professor in the Law and Society Program in the Department of Social Science at York University. She is a political scientist who has published widely on LGBTQ politics in Canada and the US, among other topics. She is the author of Political Institutions and Lesbian and Gay Rights in the United States and Canada (2008) and Editor of Group Politics and Social Movements in Canada (2014).
  • Table of contents

    Introduction, François Rocher and Miriam Smith

    Part One: Constitutional Developments and Canadian Political Identity

    Chapter 1: The Four Dimensions of Canadian Federalism, François Rocher and Miriam Smith
    Chapter 2: The Constitutional Debate and Beyond, Jennifer Smith
    Chapter 3: Executive Federalism: Beggar Thy Neighbour?, Kathy Brock
    Chapter 4: Conceiving Diversity: Dualism, Multiculturalism, and Multinationalism, Kenneth McRoberts
    Chapter 5: The Law of Federalism: Judicial Review and the Division of Powers, Gerald Baier
    Chapter 6: Aboriginal Governance and Canadian Federalism: A To-Do List for Canada, Frances Abele and Michael J. Prince
    Chapter 7: Treaty Federalism: An Indigenous Vision of Canadian Federalisms, Kiera L. Ladner

    Part Two: Public Policy and the Division of Powers

    Chapter 8: Neo-Liberal Trade Policy and Canadian Federalism Revisited, Ian Robinson
    Chapter 9: Canadian Federalism and Active Labour Market Policy, Rodney Haddow
    Chapter 10: Social Assistance and Canadian Federalism, Gerard W. Boychuk
    Chapter 11: Health Care and Canadian Federalism, Antonia Maioni and Miriam Smith
    Chapter 12: Passing the Environmental Buck, Kathryn Harrison
    Chapter 13: Regional Development: A Policy for All Seasons and All Regions, Donald J. Savoie
    Chapter 14: Canadian Federalism and Federation in Comparative Perspective, Michael Burgess

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