Federalism in Canada

Evolving Constitutional, Political, and Social Realities

Table des matières

Chapter One: Canadian Federalism Then and Now
Chapter Two: The Embedded Constitutional Legacy
Chapter Three: Evolving Canadian Federalism
Chapter Four: Evolving Canadian Federalism by Constitutional and Other Means
Chapter Five: Federalism, Regional Representation, and Parliamentary Government
Chapter Six: Follow the Money: Evolving Fiscal Relations
Chapter Seven: Intergovernmental and Administrative Federalism
Chapter Eight: Jurisdictional Pluralism and Societal Federalism
Chapter Nine: The Third Order: Federalism and Indigenous Governance
Chapter Ten: The International Dimension of Canadian Federalism
Chapter Eleven: Canadian Federalism: A Reflection
Annex: Excerpts from Federalism and the British North America Act/Constitution Act, 1867
Table of Statutes
Table of Cases
About the Authors
About the Editor

La description

What does the concept of “federalism” mean and how does a federation differ from a unitary state? Professors Brock and Hale focus specifically on Canada as an example of a federal state and explain both the characteristics of Canadian federalism and the evolution of the practice of federalism in the decades since “Confederation.” Federalism is not exclusively a legal doctrine. It is a method for the conduct of public affairs that combines a constitutional-legal framework with flexible public administration methodologies. It is a method of governing that naturally incorporates practicality and mutual accommodation among layers of government. It is a vehicle of public life that generates its own controversies, difficulties, and, indeed, sometimes crises, all of which require resolution through that very methodology of federalism. Brock and Hale explore the most fundamental aspects of, and practices in, the Canadian form of federalism and go on to enlighten all readers about a variety of aspects of this form of government.