State in Transition

Challenges for Canadian Federalism

by Michael Behiels and François Rocher

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A wide-ranging collection of studies on the transformation of the role of the Canadian state over the past two decades and the impact that this development is having on the nature and scope of Canadian federalism, federal-provincial relations. These studies analyse the varied responses of national and provincial political parties and governments to the interplay between them.

For the first time since the creation of the social service interventionist state following WW II, the Canadian state and its system of federal governance, are experiencing important transformations in response to both global and domestic economic, social and geo-political developments. Authors analyse the impact of these complex developments from several vantage points. How can the federal government ensure a certain degree of social homegeniety in an increasingly pluralistic world? How has the North American Free Trade Agreement altered the roles of  provincial, state and federal governments on both sides of the 49th Parallel? What is the relationship between federal, provincial and municipal governments and their ‘citizens as clients’ across a whole range of policy areas from language to education, and health and social services? What lessons can be drawn from the European Union’s application of an internal treaty making making process concerning the implementation of a whole range of governmental programs in ways that respect the federral principle, that is division of powers inherent in the federation? Finally, authors analyse how and why the national political parties, especially the New Right Conservative Party that emerged in Western Canadian in the 1990s, responded to these foreign and domestic pressures by proposing to alter the role of the state and Canada’s federal system of governance.


edited by François Rocher and Michael Behiels with contributions from Robert Talbot, Thomas O. Hueglin, Jeremy A. Clarke, Daniel Bourgeois, Patrick Fafard, Andrew Bourns, Peter Graefe, Raffaele Iacovino, Geneviève Nootens, Geoffrey Hale, France Morrissette, Brooke Jeffrey.

Selected ideas from this book:

A Certain Degree of Social Homogeneity: Wicked Problems and Federal Possibilities in an Age of Globalization; The Charter of Rights and a Margin of Appreciation for Federalism: Lessons from Europe; Federal-Provincial-Municipal Collaboration:Moncton and Official Languages; Clients, Citizens and Federalism: The View of Governments and Citizens “Implementing a National Vision”: The Romanow Report’s Three Federalisms, A Clash of Ideals? Federalism, Citizenship and Education in the Multinational State; Canadian Federalism and North American Integration: Managing Multi-level Games; The Federal Principle and the Canadian and European Union Treaty-Making Procedures Canadian Federalism in Transition.

ISBN: 978-0-9868716-6-5 (physical book); 978-0-9868716-7-2 (ebook)

6” x 9” trade paperback November, 2011 $24.95
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