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Political Science Canadian

Against Reform

by (author) John Pepall

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2010
Category
Canadian, Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780772786241
    Publish Date
    Oct 2010
    List Price
    $59.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780772786234
    Publish Date
    Oct 2010
    List Price
    $31.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442699380
    Publish Date
    Oct 2010
    List Price
    $24.95

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In Against Reform, John Pepall offers a stringent critique of proposed reforms to Canada's political institutions. Examining electoral reform, an elected or provincially appointed Senate and reduced terms for Senators, fixed election dates, recall, initiative, and parliamentary reform, including 'free votes' and parliamentary confirmation of appointments, Pepall contends that these reforms are ill-conceived and would be harmful.

At the root of Pepall's critique is an argument that, in Canada today, too many voters are quick to blame institutions rather than their own conflicting interests and understandings when they do not receive what they want out of government. While considering influential factors such as academic and media bias, political fashion, and the American example, Pepall's unique and highly readable assessment takes aim at the practical and theoretical understandings of reform across party lines.

About the author

John Pepall is a writer and political commentator based in Toronto.

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