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Politics, policy, and government in British Columbia /
edited by R. K. Carty.
imprint
Vancouver : UBC Press, 1996.
description
xiii, 381 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
077480582X (bound) :
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Vancouver : UBC Press, 1996.
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077480582X (bound) :
catalogue key
673868
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
This collection overseen by R.K. Carty offers a well-organized and clearly presented depiction of B.C. life that merits a wide audience. Both students and interested observers will gain much from this volume. .... while the level of writing is high, the focus is geared towards introduction and explanation. .... The variety of scholars and topics offers the reader an interesting range of insights. ....Carty and his collaborators are to be commended for the book#146;s multiple viewpoints and clarity of expression.... After reading this volume, one is left with recognition of the impressive achievement it represents .... One hopes that future companion volumes for other provinces/regions, such as the Prairies and Atlantic Canada, are inspired by this work .... a very good collection. - Hugh Mellon, King#146;s College in Canadian Public Administration, Summer 1998 ... solid, readable and actually hard to put down. The chapters are skilfully constructed so as to appeal to uninitiated students of the subject as well as to veteran observerswho have trouble believing or keeping up with the still "wacky" world of BC provincial politics. - CJPS ...Well-researched and well-written... provide[s a well-rounded picture of politics and governance in British Columbia. - Joseph Garcea, Canadian Book Review Annual, 1996
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Summaries
Long Description
Politics, Policy, and Government in British Columbiaexamines the political life of Canada's dynamic Pacific province.Each of the seventeen chapters, written by well-known experts, providesan up-to-date portrait and analysis of one of the many faces of B.C.politics. Taken together they provide a clear and comprehensiveoverview of the dominant themes and issues that have been thedistinguishing features of the province's political life. Key elements of the book include sections on: the political setting, with discussions of BC's politicalculture and economy, and its relations with the rest of Canada and itsown Native communities; B.C.-style politics, which focus on electoral and parliamentaryparty politics, the changing place of women in BC public life, and thecritical role of the media in explaining it all to BritishColumbians; governing the province, with accounts of the premier and cabinet,the bureaucracy that delivers most government services, and the complexsystem -- from the police to the courts -- that provides theadministration of justice and the rule of law; and contemporary policy issues, with clear explanations of theintricacies of fiscal and social policy, analyses of recent conflictsover forest policy and environmental protection, a discussion of therole of lobbyists, and an examination of what difference is made whenNDP governments are elected. Anyone interested in B.C. or its politics will find this book aninformative, up-to-date record of the processes and events that havemarked B.C.'s past and will continue to shape its future.
Main Description
Politics, Policy, and Government in British Columbia examinesthe political life of Canada's dynamic Pacific province. Each ofthe seventeen chapters, written by well-known experts, provides anup-to-date portrait and analysis of one of the many faces of B.C.politics. Taken together they provide a clear and comprehensiveoverview of the dominant themes and issues that have been thedistinguishing features of the province's political life.
Main Description
Politics, Policy, and Government in British Columbiaexamines the political life of Canada's dynamic Pacific province. Each of the seventeen chapters, written by well-known experts, provides an up-to-date portrait and analysis of one of the many faces of B.C. politics. Taken together they provide a clear and comprehensive overview of the dominant themes and issues that have been the distinguishing features of the province's political life. Key elements of the book include sections on: - the political setting, with discussions of BC's political culture and economy, and its relations with the rest of Canada and its own Native communities; - B.C.-style politics, which focus on electoral and parliamentary party politics, the changing place of women in BC public life, and the critical role of the media in explaining it all to British Columbians; - governing the province, with accounts of the premier and cabinet, the bureaucracy that delivers most government services, and the complex system -- from the police to the courts -- that provides the administration of justice and the rule of law; and - contemporary policy issues, with clear explanations of the intricacies of fiscal and social policy, analyses of recent conflicts over forest policy and environmental protection, a discussion of the role of lobbyists, and an examination of what difference is made when NDP governments are elected. Anyone interested in B.C. or its politics will find this book an informative, up-to-date record of the processes and events that have marked B.C.'s past and will continue to shape its future.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Value Conflicts in Lotusland: British Columbia Political Culturep. 3
From Timber to Tourism: The Political Economy of British Columbiap. 18
British Columbia: 'The Spoilt Child of Confederation'p. 32
Aboriginal Peoples and Aboriginal Title in British Columbia Politicsp. 45
The Politics of Polarization: Parties and Elections in British Columbiap. 67
The British Columbia Legislature and Parliamentary Frameworkp. 85
Women and Political Representation in British Columbiap. 103
The Media and British Columbia Politicsp. 123
The Government of the Day: The Premier and Cabinet in British Columbiap. 143
Provincial Governance and the Public Service: Bureaucratic Transitions and Changep. 163
Administering Justicep. 174
Lobbying and Private Interests in British Columbia Politicsp. 201
Public Finance and Fiscal Policy in British Columbiap. 217
At the Edge of Canada's Welfare State: Social Policy-Making in British Columbiap. 236
The Politics of Sustainability: Forest Policy in British Columbiap. 272
Environmental Protection in British Columbia: Postmaterial Values, Organized Interests, and Party Politicsp. 290
The British Columbia New Democratic Party: Does It Make a Difference?p. 310
Appendixesp. 339
Notesp. 347
Contributorsp. 373
Indexp. 375
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