The most comprehensive and critical look at Canadian federalism
This restructured and thoroughly updated exploration of Canadian federalism explores the tensions and conflicts within Canada's governance system and the adaptations required for federalism to work. Focusing on three areas - basic federal and intergovernmental structure; the constitutional and institutional framework of the federation; and federal governance - this text is an engaging and balanced treatment of federalism in Canada.
Douglas Brown is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at St Francis Xavier University. He has served as a government consultant for over 20 years, working, for example, with the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Professor Brown's research areas include intergovernmental relations, globalization and federalism, and economic and fiscal trade policy. He is the author and editor of over 30 publications related to Canadian and comparative federalism.
Herman Bakvis is Professor Emeritus at the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, where he has been since 2005. Prior to this, he spent 26 years at Dalhousie University in the Department of Political Science and School of Public Administration. Professor Bakvis also has been involved in applied policy research for departments and agencies such as Human Resources Development Canada and The Treasury Board Secretariat, as well as with Royal Commissions such as the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing. He has co-authored two OUP Canada titles: Canadian Federalism, 1e, 2e, and 3e (OUP Canada, 2001, 2007, 2012) and Contested Federalism (OUP Canada, 2008).
Gerald Baier is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the constitution, federalism, and public law, and is currently researching the institutional character and processes of the Supreme Court of Canada.
"[This book] covers every salient aspect of the study of federalism in Canada, and does an excellent job at linking theory and concepts to recent developments in Canadian political life. It is very accessible and virtually jargon-free, and ensures that students are able to grasp certain concepts that may be new to them." --Raffaele Iacovino, Carleton University
"The book provides a thorough, readable and up-to-date overview of major themes in Canadian federalism. It reflects the breadth, depth and diversity of expertise of its capable authors. It comes highly recommended." --Kyle Hanniman, Queen's University