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- DescriptionJennifer Smith argues that federalism is part of the democratic problem w; however, reformed, it can be part of the solution. Since theorists disagree on the democratic credentials of federalism, it is essential to look at how a real federal system operates. Smith examines the origins of Canadian federalism and its special features, then analyzes it in relation to the benchmarks of the Canadian Democratic Audit project: responsiveness, inclusiveness, and participation. Finding that Canadian federalism falls short on each benchmark, she recommends changes ranging from virtual regionalism to a Council of the Federation that includes Aboriginal representatives. Democracy is about more than the House of Commons or elections. It is also about federalism. This sparkling account of Canadian federalism is a must-read for students and scholars of Canadian politics, politicians and policymakers, and those who care about Canadian democracy.
- Author BiographyJennifer Smith is Professor and Department Chair of Political Science at Dalhousie University.
- Author(s)Jennifer Smith
- PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Date of Publication31/08/2004
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Series TitleThe Canadian Democratic Audit Series
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Weight272 g
- Width3556 mm
- Height5487 mm
- Spine13 mm
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