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Stephen Brooks, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Windsor
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction 1. An Introduction to Political Life What is Politics? Power State and Government Democracy Political Identities Political Fault Lines, Old and New Part II: The Societal Context of Politics 2. Political Culture Ideologies, Values, and Institutions Explaining Ideas and Institutions The Political Ideas of Canadians Citizen Expectations for Government 3. The Social and Economic Setting Material Well-Being Equality Quality of Life Independence 4. Diversity and Multiculturalism From Founding Nations to Multiculturalism: The Changing Ethnic Demography of Canada Official Recognition and the Institutionalization of Diversity Diversity and Political Representation Other Models of Integration and Accommodation Immigration and Economic Integration 5. Regionalism and Canadian Politics The Unexpected Persistence of Regionalism Mapping Regionalism in Canada Canada's Cultural Regions Cross-Border Regions Regional Identities and Western Alienation Part III: The Structures of Governance 6. The Constitution Constitutional Functions Community and Identity Canada's Constitution The Charter of Rights and Freedoms Parliamentary Government in Canada Changing the Constitution Citizen Participation in Constitutional Reform 7. Rights and Freedoms Coming to Terms: What Do Rights and Freedoms Mean? On the Origins and Meanings of Rights Rights and Their Protection The Pre-Charter Era: 1867-1981 Life Under the Charter Applying the Charter Has the Charter "Americanized" Canadian Politics? 8. Federalism What Is Federalism? The Origins, Maintenance, and Demise of Federal States The Origins of Canadian Federalism The Federal Division of Powers The Courts and Federalism Evolving Federalism The Federal Spending Power, National Standards, and the Social Union Current Challenges of Fiscal Federalism 9. The Machinery of Government The Executive Branch The Legislature The Democratic Deficit? The Courts Appendix: How a Law Is Passed 10. The Administrative State Professionalization of the Public Service Efficiency and Accountability Globalization and the State The Structure of Canadian Bureaucracy Part IV: Participation in Politics 11. Parties and Elections Parties: Definitions and Functions The Origins and Evolution of Canada's Party System The 1993 and 1997 Elections: The End of Brokerage Politics? The 2000 Election: Alliance Stalled? The 2004, 2006, and 2008 Elections: A Divided Electorate The 2011 Election: A 60/40 Country? Selecting Party Leaders in Canada The Electoral System and Its Consequences Voting Behaviour Party Finances and Special Interests 12. Interest Groups Charting the Territory The Bias of the Interest Group System Analytical Perspectives on Interest Groups The Ingredients of Interest Group Success The Impact of Federalism on Interest Groups Strategies for Influence 13. The Media "The Pictures in Our Heads" What Do the Media Produce? What Determines the Mass Media Product? The Media and Democracy Part V: Contemporary Issues in Canadian Political Life 14. Language Politics The Demographics of Language Politics The Trajectory of Nationalism The Quiet Revolution and Its Legacy A Distinct Society? Appendix: Proposals for a Distinct Society Clause 15. Women and Politics The Social Construction of Gender Differences The Under-representation of Women in Canadian Public Life Women in Politics Organizing for Influence Appendix 1: Selected Women's Organizations in Canada Appendix 2: Selected Dates in Women's Progress towards Legal and Political Equality 16. Aboriginal Politics Aboriginal Demographics: Who and How Many? The Language of Aboriginal Politics Who Is an Indian? The Reserve System Assimilation, Integration, Self-Determination Organizing for Political Influence Sovereignty, Landownership, and Aboriginal Rights: The Battle in the Courts The Institutionalization of Aboriginal Affairs The Way Forward 17. Canada in the World The Meaning and Consequences of Globalization for Canada Globalization and Canada-US Relations Integration and Independence: Finding the Right Balance Appendix: Timeline of Canada in the World