Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Political Science General

Canada: The State of the Federation 1998/99

How Canadians Connect

by (author) Harvey Lazar & Tom McIntosh

McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Jun 1999
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 1999
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 1999
    List Price

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it


The last twenty or so years have seen a different kind of state emerge in Canada and elsewhere. The questioning of Keynesian macroeconomic policy in light of crises in Western economies coupled with the rise of neo-conservative and neo-liberal politics (and the attendant rethinking of the modern state's regulatory and redistributive roles) has resulted in significant restructuring and retrenchment of the state in Canada, both federal and provincial. Similarly, Canadians' sense of citizenship has undergone significant changes that need to be explored. Canada: The State of the Federation 1998 is a timely exploration of the current state of the ties that bind the federation together. Are they strong enough to survive in the context of a smaller (or at least different) state? Is Canadians' sense of citizenship sufficiently vibrant to maintain itself in an increasingly globalized world? How have Canada's civic and political institutions responded to these challenges? Is "Canadian culture," however defined, still a viable concept in the midst of the kinds of communications advances we have seen of late? How are global economic forces changing the east-west economic linkages that have been fostered since Confederation and how will Canada fit into a globalized political economy? These are but a few of the questions that the volume explores. Contributors include Reg Whitaker (York), Avigail Eisenberg (UBC), Ted Magder (NYU), Florian Sauvageau (Laval), Pierre Juneau (former chair of the CRTC), John Helliwell (UBC), François Vaillancourt and Marc Vachon (Montréal), Claire Turenne-Sjolander (Ottawa), Tom McIntosh (Queen's), Matthew James (UBC), Kathleen Day and Quentin Grafton (Ottawa), Brian Tanguay (Wilfred Laurier), Howard Leeson (Regina), Frank Graves (EKOS Research), and Melissa Kruger (Queen's).

About the authors

Harvey Lazar is adjunct professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria and a fellow at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University.

Harvey Lazar's profile page

Tom McIntosh is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, and Research Faculty at the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Branch, University of Regina.

Tom McIntosh's profile page

Other titles by Harvey Lazar

Other titles by Tom McIntosh