Canadian Government and Politics – Seventh Edition
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814879 / 1554814871
  • 340 pages; 8" x 10"

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Canadian Government and Politics – Seventh Edition

  • Publication Date: December 15, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814879 / 1554814871
  • 340 pages; 8" x 10"

Canadian Government and Politics delivers an up-to-date and concise introduction to Canada’s political institutions, processes, and issues. The text integrates theory, history, Census data, and current affairs to give students an orderly picture of the wide-ranging landscape of Canadian government and politics. This seventh edition includes coverage and analysis of the 2019 general election, as well as a preview of the new Canadian government. It also adds exciting material on Canada’s cultural landscape, institutions, and policies, along with a new chapter on Indigenous Peoples.

Other chapters examine the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, the electoral system, bureaucracy, Québec nationalism, foreign policy, and much more. The authors provide trenchant coverage of many key issues of concern to Canadians, including regionalism, nationalism, climate change, defense policy, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, minority rights, pipelines, and the USMCA trade deal. These topics are addressed by way of fair-minded, impartial discussions, aimed to cultivate inquisitive readers and to foster a vital and optimistic perspective on Canadian politics that will encourage critical thinking and active citizenship.

Chapter 1: The Game of Politics: Concepts and Institutions

  • [the foundations of Canadian government and politics in light of current issues]

Chapter 2: The Context and Ideas of Government: Cohesion, Division, and Identity

  • [political ideas and issues vis-à-vis demography, class, gender, religion, language]

Chapter 3: The Constitutional Framework: Rules of Government and the Political Game

  • [overview of constitutional developments and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms]

Chapter 4: Contested Federalism: The Division of Powers and Financial Resources

  • [divisive issues and developments in federal politics]

Chapter 5: Québec Nationalism: The Search for Independence and Justice

  • [political history and current state of political developments in Québec]

Chapter 6: Canada’s Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Equality and Justice

  • [political history and current state of political developments of Indigenous Canadians]

Chapter 7: The Executive: Ceremony and Leadership

  • [the Crown, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet; and implementing and maintaining law]

Chapter 8: Parliament: The Public Arena of Politics

  • [the House of Commons and the Senate, and the making of laws]

Chapter 9: Pubic Administration: Democracy, Bureaucracy and Public Policy

  • [brings budgetary issues up to date]

Chapter 10: The Administration of Justice and Human Rights: Courts, Charter Cases, Police, Public Security and Terrorism

  • [material on security policy, institutions and civil liberties]

Chapter 11: Parties and Interest Groups: Teams in the Game

  • [changes in political parties, political leadership in Canada’s party system, and the business of politicking]

Chapter 12: Elections and Political Behaviour: The Contests and the Messengers

  • [how the electoral system works and how it might be changed, completely revised to reflect new developments and the 2019 election]

Chapter 13: Canadian Foreign Policy: Constraints, Opportunities, and Sacrifice

  • [foreign and defense challenges, issues of political concern (pipelines, etc.)]

Robert J. Jackson is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Carleton University and Fletcher Jones Professor of Government at the University of Redlands. He has been employed in various senior government positions, including as Senior Policy Advisor to two Canadian Prime Ministers. He has published over 40 books in Canadian politics, comparative politics, and international relations.

Doreen Jackson is a writer and consultant. She has co-authored 23 books in Canadian, comparative, and world politics, including a number of widely adopted textbooks.

Royce Koop is Head of the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. He has authored or edited several books, including Grassroots Liberals, which won the 2014 Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award.

  • — Excellent introduction to the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government
  • — Discussions of provocative social and cultural issues throughout help students to draw connections between the everyday workings of government and their own lives
  • — Coverage of the campaigns, results, and potential impact of the 2019 general election
  • — Incorporates the newest available data from the Census and other government sources
  • — Discussion of new and continuing issues in domestic and foreign policy
  • — Considers the impact of recent provincial elections
  • — Coverage of political issues of interest to young people, such as gender identity, political personalities, election issues, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, pipelines, military equipment, and Canada/US relations