1981-2011: International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS)- 1981-2011 : Conseil international d’études canadiennes (CIEC)
Edited By Klaus-Dieter Ertler, Stewart Gill, Susan Hodgett and Patrick James
À l’occasion du 30
Introduction In 2011, the International Council for Canadian Studies has reached the mature age of thirty. To mark this anniversary, we are offering a volume about the state of research in Canadian Studies. Comparative questions as well as historical overviews within the multiple disciplines constitute the focus of the book. C’est un tour d’horizon portant sur quelques acquis importants de la recherche en Étu- des canadiennes. Afin de souligner la position du Canada dans les Amériques, les textes sont rédigés en anglais, en français ou en espagnol. Patrick James has provided a concise but comprehensive review of constitu- tional politics in Canada. His chapter reviews the current theories on Canadian politics and provides a useful summary of his recent book published by the Uni- versity of British Columbia Press, Constitutional Politics in Canada after the Charter. James puts forward five theories as dominating the contemporary Ca- nadian political scene classified under two categories, liberal and communi- tarian. Under the heading liberal, James notes Negative Identity, Megapolitics and Institutional Imbalance and under communitarian, Asymmetric Federalism and Citizens’ Constitution. Centripetal and centrifugal forces are looked at in the tensions between a central and decentralised model in a federal system and the answer to Canada’s political future may as James poses lie outside the current theories. Martin Thunert looks at the very important index used by the OECD, the Sustainable Governance Indicators, to determine the economic and social health and well-being of a nation. Thunert compares Canada and its...
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