Federalism in North America: A Comparative Study of Institutions in the United States and Canada

Federalism in North America: A Comparative Study of Institutions in the United States and Canada

Federalism in North America: A Comparative Study of Institutions in the United States and Canada

Federalism in North America: A Comparative Study of Institutions in the United States and Canada

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The aim of the following essays is to interest the reader in the comparative study of the political principles which underlie the institutions of the United States and Canada. There is already an abundance of well-written books, some technical and others popular, describing in greater or less detail the constitution and government of both countries. The present volume does not seek to inform the reader of facts which he may easily find elsewhere, but rather to draw his attention, by a process of comparison, to the broad principles upon which the institutions of government in each country rest.

The comparative study of political science deserves far more attention than it has yet received. It is strangely neglected in our universities. All places of higher learning provide the student with the means of acquiring some knowledge of the political system under which he lives, but it is too often forgotten that such studies tend to encourage narrowness and provincialism of thought, unless the student is taught to balance his mind by the continual comparison of his own institutions with those of other countries. If we are to teach the science of government in a scientific and intelligent manner we cannot concentrate our whole attention upon a single example.

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