Journal of Canadian Studies

Journal of Canadian Studies is an academic journal focusing on Canadian Studies

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 4, Winter

And Now for Something Completely Northern: Institutions of Governance in the Territorial North
This essay examines some of the distinctive or unique institutions of governance in the territorial North. The purpose of so doing is two-fold: first, to draw to wider attention the unusual and innovative structures and processes of government operating...
A Relational Approach to Constitutional Interpretation: Shared Legislative and Judicial Responsibilities
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has fundamentally changed governing principles. This essay suggests that judgements about the Charter be viewed as a shared responsibility that is conceived in relational terms. Two different forms of relationship...
Canadian Party Politics in the New Century
This essay starts from the observation that the 1993 general election marked a major watershed in Canadian party politics. It witnessed the collapse of the national party system that had been established in the 1960s and instigated a decade of party...
Canadian Social Welfare in the Twenty-First Century
In Pursuit of the Public Good: Essays in Honour of Allan J. MacEachen. Ed. Tom Kent. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1997. 207 pp. Patchworks of Purpose The Development of Provincial Social Assistance Regimes in Canada. Gerald William...
Democratizing the Institutions of Policy-Making: Democratic Consultation and Participatory Administration
Guided by the egalitarian principles of "participatory deliberative democracy," this essay argues that working through the crux of the democratic challenge requires strong political leadership that is committed to opening up and democratizing policy...
[In Pursuit of the Public Good: Essays in Honor of Allan J MacEachen]
Canadian Social Welfare in the Twenty-First CenturyJohn R. Graham and Louise M. QueridoEd. Tom Kent. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1997. 207 pp.Over the past generation, the Canadian welfare state has undergone a radical transformation....
Institutions, Ideas, Women and Gender: New Directions in Canadian Foreign Policy
This article explores the relationship between the representation of women in the Canadian foreign policy machinery and the sorts of policies promoted by the Canadian government. We note that there are few women in the top echelons of Canadian foreign...
Intersecting Identities and Inclusive Institutions: Women and a Future Transformative Politics
This article sets out to ascertain what can be done to provide better, more substantive, representation for all women. It begins by discussing the representation of women as a group, then critically assesses various reform proposals, including the suggestions...
More Than Stakeholders: Reforming State-Voluntary Sector Relations
Canadian governments are not particularly well prepared to shift from the tradition of hierarchical government to more collaborative governance. This article outlines four major institutional reforms that are required to build the kind of relationships...
[Patchworks of Purpose: The Development of Provincial Social Assistance Regimes in Canada]
Canadian Social Welfare in the Twenty-First CenturyJohn R. Graham and Louise M. QueridoGerald William Boychuk. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1998. 159 pp.Over the past generation, the Canadian welfare state has undergone a radical...
Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canada: An Autocracy in Need of Reform?
It has been suggested that the Canadian prime minister tends to enjoy powers to a degree that is unhealthy in a democratic society. This article evaluates the "prime minister as autocrat" argument that has gained currency, if not in the academic literature,...
Reforming Canada's Political Institutions for the Twenty-First Century
In the autumn of 1998, the Journal of Canadian Studies determined to celebrate the advent of the twenty-first century by launching a millennium project. This is the fourth and concluding issue of a special millennium volume that has evaluated the accomplishments...
[Retooling the Welfare State: What's Right, What's Wrong, What's to Be Done?]
Canadian Social Welfare in the Twenty-First CenturyJohn R. Graham and Louise M. QueridoJohn Richards. Toronto: C.D. Howe Institute, 1997. 304 pp.Over the past generation, the Canadian welfare state has undergone a radical transformation. Principles of...
State, Society and the Third Sector: Changing to Meet New Challenges
This article begins with a short discussion of the three core principles of parliamentary government in order to establish a framework for evaluating the Voluntary Sector Initiative (VSI): representative government, responsible government and the tradition...
The Contested Terrain of Canadian Public Administration in Canada's Third Century
This essay examines the impact of "new public management" on the Canadian public service. It argues that, without much public debate, the principles by which the public service operates changed dramatically in the 1980s and 1990s. New public management...
The Future and the Legacy: Globalization and the Canadian Settler-State
This article examines the impact of globalization as a discourse and as a process affecting the politics of the twenty-first century in light of Canada's foundation as a "white settler-colony." By the end of the twentieth century, identity politics -...
The Shame of (Ignoring) the Cities
The basic argument of this article is simple: the big cities in Canada should be given greater recognition in the Canadian political system. The reason for this is that some of the major societal issues for Canada - polarization and the management of...
Vertical Limits: A Foreign Ministry of the Future
This article explores the contradiction between function and institutional form within Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. At odds with the image of obsolescence, the foreign ministry has assumed a higher profile in adapting...
Wiring the Nation! Including First Nations? Aboriginal Canadians and Federal E-Government Initiatives
Governments are turning to new information and communication technologies (ICTs) to enhance service delivery and improve citizen-state relations. E-government initiatives are focussed on renewing administrative structures and processes, and on providing...
[Women & the Canadian Welfare State: Challenges & Change]
Canadian Social Welfare in the Twenty-First CenturyJohn R. Graham and Louise M. QueridoEds. Patricia M. Evans and Gerda R. Wekerle. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997. 329 pp.Over the past generation, the Canadian welfare state has undergone...