Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Disability and Federalism: Comparing Different Approaches to Full Participation

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Disability and Federalism: Comparing Different Approaches to Full Participation

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David Cameron and Fraser Valentine, Disability and Federalism: Comparing Different Approaches to Full Participation (Montreal and Kingston: McGill- Queen's University Press, 2001), 268pp. Cloth. £49.90. ISBN 0-8891-1867- 1. Paper. £22.90. ISBN 0-8891-1857-4.

Disability and Federalism is one of three volumes comparing the way in which different federations handle aspects of social policy, the other two focusing on labour market and health, and forms part of a larger six-volume set being published by the Institute for Intergovernmental Relations to accompany the 1999 Canadian Social Union Framework Agreement. Each book seeks to understand how federalism impacts on social policy and the delivery of services in Canada and to compare these findings to those of other federally-constituted nations. The programme of research in the Canadian context was supplemented by nine roundtable discussions and workshops that included officials from provincial and federal government agencies, representatives from stakeholder groups, and researchers. The aim, in the case of Disability and Federalism, was to understand the impact of different modes of governance in five federal states, namely Canada, Australia, Belgium, Germany and the United States, on the disability sector and persons with disabilities. To try and ensure consistency, each author was told to evaluate disability policy in their respective country using a common set of criteria.

In respect of this aim the book provides a valuable service. …

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