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Political Science Canadian

A Civil Society?

Collective Actors in Canadian Political Life

by (author) Miriam Smith

Publisher
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Initial publish date
Apr 2005
Category
Canadian, Economic Conditions, Political Advocacy
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781551112312
    Publish Date
    Apr 2005
    List Price
    $32.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487593667
    Publish Date
    Dec 2017
    List Price
    $37.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487587796
    Publish Date
    Dec 2017
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    $81.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487593674
    Publish Date
    Feb 2018
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    $29.95

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Focusing on the traditional state-centred arenas of group and social movement influence such as Parliament, elections, the bureaucracy and the courts, this book argues that the terrain of group politics in Canada has been restructured by the transition from the Keynesian welfare state era to the era of neoliberal globalization. It surveys the main approaches to the study of collective action in the Canadian context, including theories such as pluralism, neo-Marxism, historical institutionalism, and rational choice theory. The core of the analysis draws on political economy and historical institutionalism to explore the ways in which Canadian political institutions are in the midst of a fundamental transformation brought on by the shift to neoliberalism. Miriam Smith argues that political-institutional changes in federalism and intergovernmental relations, the role of the courts in the wake of the Charter, the decline of the legislature, the concentration of power at the centre, the relative displacement of the public service, the regionalization of the brokerage party system, and the rise of professional lobbyists have altered the scope for group politics in Canada. The restructuring of Canadian politics has gone beyond the level of policy change, reshaping the central institutions of the state. The core political institutions of the Canadian state are in the midst of their own restructuring process, one that will make a less democratic Canada.

About the author

Miriam Smith is Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Trent University. Her areas of interest are Canadian and comparative politics, in particular, political economy, social movements, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movements in Canada. She is the author of Lesbian and Gay Rights in Canada: Social Movements and Equality-Seeking, 1971-1995 (University of Toronto Press, 1999) and co-editor, with François Rocher, of New Trends in Canadian Federalism (University of Toronto Press, 2003).

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