The Provincial State in Canada: Politics in the Provinces and Territories
One of the enduring ironies of Canadian political life is that John A. Macdonald and the other Fathers of Confederation believed the provinces would wither away, becoming little more than municipal governments providing a few insignificant services to the individuals and communities within their boundaries. However, given their constitutional jurisdiction over ever more significant policy fields, Canada's provinces and territories have become ever more powerful "states" in their own right.
This book attempts an up-to-date overview of recent Canadian provincial and territorial politics by surveying the evolution and development of the political economy of each jurisdiction. Consideration is given to the distinct institutional features of each province and territory but the emphasis throughout is on the broader canvas of internal, regional, inter-regional, and region-to-centre debates and preoccupations of provincial political life. The essays devote much attention to the various strategies undertaken by the provinces and territories to deal with contemporary challenges such as those posed by internationalization of trade, industrial restructuring, program spending cuts, privatization, and deregulation.
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- Page Count: 494 pages
- Dimensions: 5.9in x 1.2in x 8.8in
This book represents a rare achievement in the field: specialist authors illuminate their individual provinces and territories within an overall integrating theme. There are no weak links.
Rand Dyck, Laurentian University
This rich and well-researched collection is an essential for students of provincial politics and Canadian political economy. It provides grist for comparative provincial studies by linking provincial states and their diverse societies at a time when globalization has weakened the nation-state and paradoxically enhanced the relevance of regional and sub-national governments. From various angles, this volume casts light on Canadian politics from the bottom up rather than from the top down federal centre.
Nelson Wiseman, University of Toronto
Keith Brownsey teaches political science at Mount Royal College in Calgary. He has published extensively in the area of Canadian politics, specializing in provincial politics.
Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Chair in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University and Yong Pung How Chair Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
Table of contents
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1. Introduction: The Provincial State in Canada
Keith Brownsey and Michael Howlett
2. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Regime Change in Newfoundland
Valerie A. Summers
3. Nova Scotia: The Political Economy of Regime Change
4. The Challenge of New Brunswick Politics
5. Prince Edward Island: Politics in a Beleaguered Garden III
David A. Milne
6. The Beleaguered State: Québec at the End of the 1990s
7. Divided Province, Growing Protests: Ontario Moves Right
Robert McDermid and Greg Albo
8. Paradigm Shift: A Sketch of Manitoba Politics
9. Saskatchewan: From Entrepreneurial State to Embedded State
10. Alberta: Experiments in Governance—From Social Credit to the Klein Revolution
Peter J. Smith
11. British Columbia: Politics in a Post-Staples Political Economy
Michael Howlett and Keith Brownsey
12. The Northwest Territories: Old and New Class Politics on the Northern Frontier
13. Still Frontier, Always Homeland: Yukon Politics in the Year 2000
14. Nunavut: Inuit Self-Determination Through a Land Claim and Public Government?
Jack Hicks and Graham White
15. Comparative Provincial Politics: A Review
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