Stretching the federation : the art of the state in Canada /
edited by Robert Young.
Kingston, Ont. : Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen's University, 1999.
xiv, 255 p.
0889117772 :
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Kingston, Ont. : Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen's University, 1999.
0889117772 :
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Proceedings of a conference held Oct. 23-24, 1997 in London, Ontario.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-250) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-12-01:
Canada's preoccupation with federalism has yielded more than just another pedestrian tome on the subject. The arguments advanced in these six papers, with accompanying commentaries, are wide-ranging, profound, sometimes practical and, above all, thoroughly engaging--as they should be, given that they were presented by some of Canada's most distinguished scholars and practitioners of federalism during a conference, sponsored by Queen's University's Institute of Intergovernmental Relations in 1997. The papers, with one exception, tend to be like-minded; they are apparently inspired by Courchene's ACCESS model, which primarily promotes greater decentralization as well as a clearer demarcation of responsibilities and greater efficiencies among levels of government. Despite the one-sidedness and recent developments in Canadian federalism, such as the Social Union, the book remains most relevant to the study and debate of federal principles. After all, the papers not only focus on the Canadian federal system, they also discuss more general issues on organizing principles of the modern state, the relationship of democracy to multiple governments, and specific reforms to Canadian federal policies, which require consideration in comparative perspective--all matters of concern for students of government everywhere. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers. A. F. Johnson; Bishop's University
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Main Description
Stretching the Federation deals with such topics as world trends in federations, whether decentralization is inherently conservative, decentralization in health care, possible reallocations of programs and tax revenues, overlap and duplication in service delivery, and fiscal decentralization. Stretching the Federation is a timely and topical collection of cutting-edge thinking about the future of the Canadian federation. Contributors include Paul Boothe (Alberta), David Cameron (Toronto), Thomas Courchene (Queen's), Derek Hermanutz (Alberta), Michael Keating (University of Western Ontario), Harvey Lazar (Queen's), Evert Lindquist (Toronto), Antonia Maloni (McGill), Peter Meekison (Victoria), Alain Noel (Universite de Montreal and Berkeley), Bill Robson (C.D. Howe Institute), and France St. Hilaire (IRPP).
Table of Contents
Forewordp. IX
Acknowledgementsp. XI
The Contributorsp. XIII
Introductionp. 3
Challenges to Federalism: Territory, Function, and Power in a Globalizing Worldp. 8
Commentp. 28
Efficiency, Reliability, or Innovation? Managing Overlap and Interdependence in Canada's Federal System of Governancep. 35
Commentp. 69
Paying for ACCESS: Province by Provincep. 75
Commentp. 94
Decentralization in Health Policy: Comments on the ACCESS Proposalsp. 97
Commentp. 122
The PIT and the Pendulum: Reflections on Ontario's Proposal to Mount Its Own Personal Income Tax Systemp. 129
Commentp. 186
Commentp. 191
Is Decentralization Conservative? Federalism and the Contemporary Debate on the Canadian Welfare Statep. 195
Commentp. 219
Rapporteur's Summaryp. 226
Referencesp. 231
Indexp. 251
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