Open Federalism Revisited: Regional and Federal Dynamics in the Harper Era

Edited by James Farney and Julie M. Simmons

© 2021

Regional dynamics and federalism lie at the heart of Canadian politics. In Open Federalism Revisited, James Farney, Julie M. Simmons, and a diverse group of contributors examine the legacy of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in areas of public policy, political institutions, and cultural and economic development. The volume examines how these areas significantly affected the balance between shared-rule and self-rule in Canada’s federation and how broader changes in the balance between the country’s regions affected institutional arrangements.

An excellent framework for analyzing federalism, this text engages with four questions: 1) did the Harper government succeed in changing Canadian federalism? 2) how big was the difference between the change Harper’s government envisioned and what it actually achieved? 3) was the Harper government’s approach substantially different from that of previous governments? and 4) given that most chapters find that Harper’s legacy is one of mostly incremental change, why was his ability to change the system so relatively minor?

With attention to such topics as political culture, the role of political parties in regional integration, immigration policy, environmental policy, and health care, Open Federalism Revisited evaluates exactly how much changed under a Prime Minister who came into office with a clear desire to steer Canada back towards an older vision of federalism.

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Open Federalism Revisited provides a systematic, encompassing assessment of Canadian federalism in the "Harper era," offering a fresh perspective in federalism scholarship.

Open Federalism Revisited: Regional and Federal Dynamics in the Harper Era

Edited by James Farney and Julie M. Simmons

© 2021

Regional dynamics and federalism lie at the heart of Canadian politics. In Open Federalism Revisited, James Farney, Julie M. Simmons, and a diverse group of contributors examine the legacy of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in areas of public policy, political institutions, and cultural and economic development. The volume examines how these areas significantly affected the balance between shared-rule and self-rule in Canada’s federation and how broader changes in the balance between the country’s regions affected institutional arrangements.

An excellent framework for analyzing federalism, this text engages with four questions: 1) did the Harper government succeed in changing Canadian federalism? 2) how big was the difference between the change Harper’s government envisioned and what it actually achieved? 3) was the Harper government’s approach substantially different from that of previous governments? and 4) given that most chapters find that Harper’s legacy is one of mostly incremental change, why was his ability to change the system so relatively minor?

With attention to such topics as political culture, the role of political parties in regional integration, immigration policy, environmental policy, and health care, Open Federalism Revisited evaluates exactly how much changed under a Prime Minister who came into office with a clear desire to steer Canada back towards an older vision of federalism.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Illustrations: 10
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    James Farney is an associate professor and director of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina.


    Julie M. Simmons is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph.
  • Table of contents

    List of Tables

    List of Figures

    List of Appendices

    1. Introduction: Stephen Harper’s Legacy for the Dynamics of Canadian Federalism and Regionalism
    James Farney and Julie M. Simmons

    Part I: Dynamics of Regional Differences In the Harper Era

    2. When the West was In? Public Opinion in the Western Provinces during the Harper Era
    Loleen Berdahl and Tracey Raney

    3. Ontario’s New Identity? Assessing Ontario’s Political Culture and Place in Confederation under “Open Federalism”
    Cheryl Collier

    4. The decline of the Bloc Québécois and Stephen Harper’s Open Federalism
    Maxime Héroux-Legault

    5. From Prairie firewalls to Atlantic seawalls: Atlantic Canada in the Harper Era
    Louise Carbert

    Part II: Institutional Changes during the Harper Era

    6. Stephen Harper’s PMO Style: Partisan Managerialism
    Jonathan Craft and Anna Esselment
     
    7. Political Parties and Regional Integration in the 21st Century: Are we Beyond Brokerage?
    James Farney

    8. Stephen Harper’s “Open Federalism”: Kicking the Sand of Multilateral Intergovernmental Institutions
    Julie M. Simmons
     
    9. Reform and Rulings at the Supreme Court of Canada: The Harper Conservatives and Federalism
    Erin Crandall

    Part III: Assessing Harper Era Policy Changes through Regional and Federal Lenses

    10. Stephen Harper and Canada’s New Immigration Federalism
    Mirielle Paquet

    11. Dismantling and Drifting: Environmental Policy in an Era of Open Federalism
    Adam M. Wellstead

    12. EI and Regional Dynamics in Canada
    Peter Graefe

    3. The Fragmented Politics of Energy Federalism
    Geoffrey Hale

    14. The Continuities and Discontinuities of Disentanglement: Federal-Provincial Health Care Dynamics in the Harper Era
    Thomas McIntosh

    Part IV: Conclusion

    15.  Conclusion: Taking Stock of Regional and Federal Dynamics
    James Farney and Julie M. Simmons

    List of Contributors

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