Arising from a conference held at the University of Calgary in honour of Mildred Schwartz, Regionalism and Party Politics in Canada brings together current scholarship on regionalism and parties in order to make sense of the transition of the party system. Canada's party system is clearly in a state of flux: we are moving from the two-and-a -half party system that has dominated the country for most of the past century to something new. A look at the current Parliament suggests that regionalism has become the most dominant and important cleavage in Canada. Divided into four sections, the text first examines different approaches to the study of regionalism. It then moves on to the place of regionalism in Canadian society before turning towards regionalism's relationship to the Canadian party system. The volume concludes with an examination of how Canada compare with the rest of the world in terms of the regionalsim of its parties and party systems.
Lisa Young is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary. She is author of Feminists and Pary Politics and co-author with R. Kenneth Carty and William Cross of Rebuiliding Canadian Party Politics. She has published articles in Party Politics, Canadian Public Policy, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science. Her research interests include political parties, women in politics, social movements and electoral law and regulation. Keith Archer specializes in the study of voting and elections, political parties and political leadership. He joing the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary in 1984. He has served as Associate Dean (Research) in Social Sciences, Associate Vice-President (Research) and currently is Interm Vice-President (Research).