The Provincial State in Canada: Politics in the Provinces and Territories

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Keith Brownsey, Michael Howlett
Broadview Press, Jan 1, 2001 - History - 494 pages
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One of the enduring ironies of Canadian political life is that John A. Macdonald and the other Fathers of Confederation believed the provinces would wither away, becoming little more than municipal governments providing a few insignificant services to the individuals and communities within their boundaries. However, given their constitutional jurisdiction over ever more significant policy fields, Canada's provinces and territories have become ever more powerful "states" in their own right.

This book attempts an up-to-date overview of recent Canadian provincial and territorial politics by surveying the evolution and development of the political economy of each jurisdiction. Consideration is given to the distinct institutional features of each province and territory but the emphasis throughout is on the broader canvas of internal, regional, inter-regional, and region-to-centre debates and preoccupations of provincial political life. The essays devote much attention to the various strategies undertaken by the provinces and territories to deal with contemporary challenges such as those posed by internationalization of trade, industrial restructuring, program spending cuts, privatization, and deregulation.

Special Combined Price: The Provincial State in Canada: Politics in the Provinces and Territories may be ordered together with Provinces, second edition at a special discounted price. In order to secure the package price, the following ISBN must be used when ordering: 978-1-55402-587-9.

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Keith Brownsey teaches political science at Mount Royal College in Calgary. He has published extensively in the area of Canadian politics, specializing in provincial politics.

Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Professor in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University.

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