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Constitutional Politics in Canada after the Charter
Liberalism, Communitarianism, and Systemism
Patrick James  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/1/2010
ISBN: 9780774817868    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2011
ISBN: 9780774817875    

200 Pages

Law and Society series


About the Book

Since the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was introduced in 1982, Canada has experienced countless debates on constitutional politics and about the future of Canada. There has, however, been no systematic attempt to identify general theories about Canada’s constitutional evolution. Patrick James corrects this oversight by using systemism to identify and assess five theories within the liberal and communitarian paradigms and within the context of major issues such as the role of the courts and the status of Aboriginal peoples. By adding clarity to familiar debates, this succinct assessment of major writings on constitutional politics sharpens our vision of the past -- and the future -- of the Canadian federation.

About the Author(s)

Patrick James is professor of international relations and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California.

Table of Contents


1. Constitutional Politics in Canada: The Charter and Beyond
2. Systemism and Canadian Constitutional Politics
3. Identifying Concepts and Theories
4. Liberal Theories: Negative Identity, Megapolitics and Institutional Imbalance
5. Communitarian Theories: Asymmetrical Federalism and the Citizens’ Constitution
6. A Critique and Comparison of Liberal and Communitarian Theories
7. Conclusion



"Patrick James provides a highly intelligent and balanced synthesis of twenty-five years of constitutional politics literature in Canada ... He also develops an innovative theoretical approach (systemism) to evaluate competing constitutional theories and to test the theoretical significance of competing constitutional approaches. Simply put, as an exercise in theory building, testing, and evaluation, this book makes a unique contribution to the state of Canadian politics and constitutional studies."
-- James Kelly, author of Governing with the Charter: Legislative and Judicial Activism and Framers' Intent and co-editor of ontested Constitutionalism: Reflections on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Political Science
Political Science > Canada

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