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Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches, 7th Edition

  • Rand Dyck
  • Christopher Cochrane
  • ISBN-10: 0176509461
  • ISBN-13: 9780176509460
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2004
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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Overview

About the Product

This new seventh edition of Critical Approaches seeks to make informed critics of its readers by presenting the challenging concepts of Canada’s political system with a balanced account of both political institutions and social influencers. It explores systemic inequalities in political power, exploring the ‘environment’ of the Canadian political system, emphasizing its societal setting with discussions of regionalism, Aboriginal peoples, the French–English cleavage, ethnocultural groups, gender, class, age, religion, urban/rural location, and the global environment. With a new author – Chris Cochrane – and a fresh set of analytical models, this authoritative text delves into fascinating topics such as political culture, the mass media, public opinion polls, elections, parties, and advocacy groups, introducing readers to the vibrant and dynamic world of Canadian politics. Blogs and regular updates on the supporting website help keep it all relevant!

Features

  • Explores the ‘environment’ of the Canadian political system, emphasizing its societal setting with discussions of regionalism, Aboriginal peoples, the French–English cleavage, ethnocultural groups, gender, class, age, religion, urban/rural location, and the global environment.

  • Includes chapters on all the institutions of Canadian government, including the constitution, federalism, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the executive, bureaucracy, Parliament, and the judiciary

  • Delves into fascinating topics such as political culture, the mass media, public opinion polls, elections, parties, and advocacy groups

  • Meets head-on the challenging concepts of Canada’s political system: the systemic inequalities in political power, the notion that those in power do whatever it takes to enhance their chances of re-election, the enormous pressure of corporations and business groups, the predominance of the prime minister, and the ever-present influence of the bureaucracy; but it also balances these difficult aspects by suggesting possible reforms and alternative arrangements

  • Keeps things “real”: without being ideological, the book is a critical account that seeks to make informed critics of its readers

About the Author

Rand Dyck

Rand Dyck was born and raised in Calgary. After graduating from the University of Alberta with his B.A. in Political Science, he found the political culture of Ontario more to his liking, and took his M.A. at Carleton University and his Ph.D. at Queen’s. Between his graduate degrees, he experienced the life of a public servant in Ottawa, but opted instead for an academic career. He taught at Laurentian University in Sudbury for 34 years, holding all sorts of administrative positions including department chair and vice dean, and took early retirement in 2005, upon which he was titled Professor Emeritus. He now teaches at Carleton University as an Adjunct Professor. Among his many accomplishments and awards, Rand received both the Laurentian University Teaching Excellence Award and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award in 2002. He was cited for his engaging teaching style and for his extraordinary commitment to his students, many of whom became life-long friends. One particular claim to fame was his organization of the annual Laurentian University Model Parliament held in the House of Commons chamber in Ottawa. As a Political Science professor, he has a long list of published articles, chapters, public speeches, and book reviews, and continues to be asked by the media for comments on current political developments.

Christopher Cochrane

Christopher Cochrane has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Master’s degree in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from St. Thomas University in Fredericton. He was the Banque Nationale Fellow at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada [2000-1] and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy [2009-10]. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and the University of Toronto-Scarborough (UTSC). Professor Cochrane studies ideological disagreement and its implications for political decision-making and party competition in Canada.

Table of Contents

Preface
Part One: Introduction
Chapter 1: Approaching the Study of Politics
Chapter 2: Institutional Foundations and the Evolution of the State

Part Two: The Societal Context: Cleavages And Identities
Chapter 3: Regionalism
Chapter 4: Aboriginal Peoples
Chapter 5: French Canada and the Quebec Question
Chapter 6: Ethnocultural Minorities
Chapter 7: Gender
Chapter 8: Class
Chapter 9: Urban/Rural Location, Religion, and Age
Chapter 10: Canada’s External Environment: The United States and the World

Part Three: Linking People to Government
Chapter 11: The Canadian Political Culture
Chapter 12: Political Socialization, the Mass Media, and Public Opinion Polls
Chapter 13: Elections and the Electoral System
Chapter 14: Political Parties and the Party System
Chapter 15: The Election Campaign, Voting, and Political Participation
Chapter 16: Advocacy Groups, Social Movements, and Lobbying

Part Four: The Constitutional Context
Chapter 17: The Canadian Constitution and Constitutional Change
Chapter 18: The Federal System
Chapter 19: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Part Five: Governing
Chapter 20: The Policymaking Process and Policy Instruments
Chapter 21: The Executive: Crown, Prime Minister, and Cabinet
Chapter 22: The Bureaucracy
Chapter 23: Parliament
Chapter 24: The Judiciary
Glossary
Index

New to this edition

  • Revises and modernizes the analytical models – the ‘critical approaches’ – now concentrating on the following approaches: Institutionalism, including historical-institutionalism; State-based analysis, including policy communities, elite accommodation, and political economy; Political Sociology, including pluralism and class analysis; Political Behaviour and Political Psychology; and Rational Choice
  • Includes discussions of current issues, such as the clash over the 2012 omnibus budget—in form and in substance; new Charter decisions of the Supreme Court, including those on terrorism issues; The effects of downsizing the public service and the question of unaccountability and the increasing importance of global forces on domestic politics in such areas as defence and trade
  • New Voices Boxes include some of the key quotations in Canadian political history, and have been added to many of the chapters to demonstrate what leading figures actually said in relation to the issues discussed.
  • Focuses on many interesting developments emanating from six years’ experience with the Stephen Harper government in both minority and majority forms.
  • Gives increased attention to the important topic of the environment

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

NETA Enriched Instructor's Resource CD for Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches, 7e  (ISBN-10: 0176662839 | ISBN-13: 9780176662837)

Key instructor ancillaries are provided on Instructor's Resource CD, giving instructors the ultimate tool for customizing lectures and presentations. Resources include a NETA Test Bank, Computerized Test Bank, PowerPoint Slides, Day One Slides and an Image Bank.

Instant Access Code for Community Website: Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches, 7e (12 Months)  (ISBN-10: 0176660623 | ISBN-13: 9780176660628)

This edition has been shortened to some extent by putting some material on the book’s own website: http://www.canadianpolitics7e.nelson.com. This password-protected website is available free with each new copy of the textbook or for purchase on NelsonBrain. We hope that readers will use the printed text and its website in combination, especially as we plan to place more material on the website over time, including engaging student activities and updates of essential information in order to keep the book current. The website is also where you will find numerous Web Links for each chapter, in addition to quiz questions for students and resources for instructors.

Printed Access Card for Community Website: Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches, 7e (12 Months)  (ISBN-10: 0176660747 | ISBN-13: 9780176660741)

This edition has been shortened to some extent by putting some material on the book’s own website: http://www.canadianpolitics7e.nelson.com. This password-protected website is available free with each new copy of the textbook or for purchase on NelsonBrain. We hope that readers will use the printed text and its website in combination, especially as we plan to place more material on the website over time, including engaging student activities and updates of essential information in order to keep the book current. The website is also where you will find numerous Web Links for each chapter, in addition to quiz questions for students and resources for instructors.

Student Supplements

Instant Access Code for Community Website: Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches, 7e (12 Months)  (ISBN-10: 0176660623 | ISBN-13: 9780176660628)

This edition has been shortened to some extent by putting some material on the book’s own website: http://www.canadianpolitics7e.nelson.com. This password-protected website is available free with each new copy of the textbook or for purchase on NelsonBrain. We hope that readers will use the printed text and its website in combination, especially as we plan to place more material on the website over time, including engaging student activities and updates of essential information in order to keep the book current. The website is also where you will find numerous Web Links for each chapter, in addition to quiz questions for students and resources for instructors.

Printed Access Card for Community Website: Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches, 7e (12 Months)  (ISBN-10: 0176660747 | ISBN-13: 9780176660741)

This edition has been shortened to some extent by putting some material on the book’s own website: http://www.canadianpolitics7e.nelson.com. This password-protected website is available free with each new copy of the textbook or for purchase on NelsonBrain. We hope that readers will use the printed text and its website in combination, especially as we plan to place more material on the website over time, including engaging student activities and updates of essential information in order to keep the book current. The website is also where you will find numerous Web Links for each chapter, in addition to quiz questions for students and resources for instructors.