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Canadian Democracy

A Concise Introduction, Second Edition

Stephen Brooks and Marc Ménard

Exploring the essential components of politics and government in Canada, this clearly written and concise version of Canadian Democracy presents an accessible, fully up-to-date overview of the values, processes, institutions, and contemporary issues that give rise to Canadian democracy and define Canada on the world stage.

Readership : First- and second-year introductory Canadian politics courses at the college and university level.


  • "Canadian Democracy is a clear and comprehensive guide to Canadian political institutions and the Canadian political environment. The text provides a wealth of academic, historical and societal context for explaining concepts that students should find helpful in Canadian politics introduction courses and beyond."
    --J.P. Lewis, University of New Brunswick, Saint John

  • "One of the strengths of this text is that the authors make an effort to connect their lessons about institutions, processes, etc. to both the wider academic literature and also to current events."
    --Royce Koop, University of Manitoba

  • "I like this book! The text contains a vast amount of content both qualitative and quantitative presented in an engaging format. It is also quite substantive in the discussion of empirical data as well as discussions of theories and approaches to politics. This is not always the case with all text books. The book is very accessible and quite fun to read."
    --Joan Grace, University of Winnipeg

Note: Each chapter includes:
- Chapter objectives
- Summary
- Review exercises
- Starting points for research
1. An Introduction to Political Life
Politics as a Vocation
Politics and the Management of Power and Conflice
The State
Part One: The Societal Context of Politics
2. Political Culture
Canadian Values and Canadian Culture
Values, Ideologies, and Institutions
Explaining Canadian Ideas, Political Culture, and Institutions
The Values, Ideas, and Attitudes of Canadians
3. The Social and Economic Setting
Material Well-Being
The Roots of Inequality
Measuring Quality of Life
Political, Economic, and Cultural Sovereignty
4. Regionalism and Canadian Politics
The Unexpected Persistence of Regionalism
Predicting the Demise of Regionalism
Mapping Regionalism in Canada
Regional Identities and Western Alienation
The Atlantic Provinces
5. Diversity and Canadian Politics
Language Politics and French Canada
Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Politics
Aboriginal Politics
Diversity, Political Violence, and Challenges to the Political Community
Part Two: The Structure of Governance
6. The Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Constitutions and Constitutionality
Features of the Canadian Constitution
Understanding the Relationships in the Constitution
Citizen Participation in Constitutional Reform
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
The Americanization of Canadian Politics
Applying the Charter
The Charter's Legacy
7. Federalism
What Is Federalism?
The Origins, Maintenance, and Demise of Federal States
The Origins of Canadian Federalism
The Courts and Federalism
The Evolution of Canadian Federalism
The Federal Spending Power, National Standards, and the Social Union
8. How Parliamentary Government Works in Canada
The Organization of Government
The Executive Branch
The Legislature
Is There a Democratic Deficit in Canada?
The Judiciary
Part Three: Participation in Politics
9. Parties and Elections
The Definition and Function of Parties
The Origins and Evolution of Canada's Party System
A Divided Electorate: The 2004, 2006, and 2008 Elections
Realignments and the 2011 Election
2015 Election: A Change of Tone
Selecting Party Leaders in Canada
The Electoral System and Its Consequences
Voting Behaviour
Party Finances and Special Interests
10. Interest Groups
Charting the Territory
The Bias of the Interest Group System
Analytical Perspectives on Interest Groups
The Ingredients of Interest Group Success
The Interest Group System
Interest Group Strategies
11. The Media
"The Pictures in Our Heads"
What Do the Media Produce?
What Determines the Mass Media Product?
The Media and Democracy
12. Conclusion: Canada in the World
Canada's Century: The Twentieth or The Twenty-First?
Globalization and Canada
The Canadian Dilemma in Foreign Affairs
What Now with the United States?

Instructor Resources:
- Podcasts (see list below)
- Online Appendix A: The Constitution Act, 1867
- Online Appendix B: The Constitution Act, 1982
Instructor's Manual:
For each chapter:
- Updated chapter summary
- Updated student learning objectives
- Updated key concepts list, including definitions and page numbers
- 3-5 ideas for classroom discussion, including "answers" or topics that should be addressed in discussion
- 2-3 suggestions for class debates
- 3-4 suggestions for class activities
- 5-10 updated teaching resources (videos, websites, books, articles)
PowerPoint Slides:
- Lecture slides for each chapter
Image Bank:
- All photos, figures, and tables from the text available electronically
Test Generator/Bank:
For each chapter:
- 50-55 multiple choice questions
- 13-15 true-or-false questions
- 13-15 short answer questions
- 5-7 essay questions
- Includes all answers and page references
Student Resources:
- Online Appendix A: The Constitution Act, 1867
- Online Appendix B: The Constitution Act, 1982
- CBC MP3 clips
- Video interviews (see list below)
- Podcasts (see list below)
Student Study Guide:
For each chapter:
- Updated chapter outline
- Updated learning objectives
- Updated key concepts, including definitions and page references
- 12-13 short essay study questions
- 25-30 multiple choice questions
- 15-20 true-or-false questions
- 5-7 critical thinking questions
- · 5-8 suggested additional resources (websites, videos, books, etc.)
- Topical discussions on current issues in Canadian politics by author, Stephen Brooks
1. The Reasonable Accommodation of Cultural Differences: The Case of Quebec [May 2009]
2. Who is Michael Ignatieff? What Our Leaders' Stories Say About Canadian Politics [May 2009]
3. Who Owns the Arctic? [May 2009]
4. Security and Sovereignty: Perspectives on the World's Longest Undefended Border [June 2009]
5. Nouveau Politics: What Does It Mean to be a 'New' Political Party? [August 2009]
6. Is it Finally Time to Redraw the Regional Map of Canada? [August 2009]
7. Does Quebec Separatism Have a Future? [January 2010]
8. Who is Canada's Head of State (and Does it Matter)? [January 2010]
9. Perspectives on Proroguing [February 2010]
10. Who Should Represent Canada and Why? [May 2010]
11. The 60/40 Country? [October 2011]
12. Political Parties and the Parliamentary System [October 2011]
13. Pipeline Politics (examines the political issues surrounding the controversial Keystone XL pipeline) [November 2011]
14. 2012 Student Protest in Quebec [September 2012]
15. Taking Care of Business: Does Nationality Matter? (Canadian vs. foreign ownership of Canadian businesses) [January 2013]
16. It's Not as Bad as You Think: Political Corruption in Canada [June 2013]
17. 1. The Death of Quebec Separatism? [July 2014]
18. Who Was Canada's Best Prime Minister? [January 2015] NEW
19. Searching for Votes in the Middle Class [May 2015] NEW
20. The Rise and Fall of One-Party Dominance: Alberta's 2015 Election [May 2015] NEW
21. Is Canada's Political System Broken? [September 2015] NEW
22. Economic Angst and Voting for Change in 2015 [November 2015] NEW
23. 1. To Leap or Not to Leap? The 2016 NDP Convention [April 2016] NEW
Video Interviews Online:
1. Canadian Politics: Hon. Howard Pawley, Former Premier of Manitoba and Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Windsor (14:46)
2. Environmental Politics: Dr. Andrea Olive, University of Michigan-Dearborn (8:53)
3. Federalism: Dr. Cheryl Collier, University of Windsor (31:42)
4. Trust and Public Opinion: Dr. Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Huron University College (14:58)
5. Political Participation: Dr. Livinia Tossutti, Brock University (7:37)
6. Media: Dr. Lydia Miljan, University of Windsor (8:05)
7. Political Parties: Dr. Cristine de Clercy, University of Western Ontario (13:23)
8. Women and Politics: Dr. Jacquie Newman, King's University College (28:27)
9. Québec: Dr. Brian Tanguay, Wilfred Laurier University (27:23)
10. Public Administration: Dr. Dan Henstra, University of Windsor (20:06)
11. Canada-US Relations: Hon. Frank McKenna, Former Ambassador to the US (16:14)
12. 2015 Election Campaign: Dr. Emmanuelle Richez, University of Windsor (10:49) NEW
E-Book (ISBN 9780199021666)

Stephen Brooks is a professor of political science at the University of Windsor and has written extensively on Canadian and American politics and government.

Marc Ménard, formerly part of the civil service, is an instructor at Seneca College, where he teaches Canadian politics.

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Political Argument - Marc Menard
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Special Features

  • The most accessible book on the market guides students through an overview of the fundamentals of Canadian politics in an easy-to-read manner.
  • A comparative approach helps students situate Canada in today's world and understand how outside influences, especially those from the US, impact Canadian politics.
  • Emphasizes the institutions and processes of Canadian government throughout, placing them in a social and economic context to demonstrate issues of rights and freedoms to students.
  • Encourages critical thought, inviting students to be active participants in their own education by continually asking them to consider the state of democracy in Canada.
  • Helps students determine the political role Canada plays in today's world and to examine how outside influences shape Canadian politics. (Ch. 12)
  • Engaging art program includes a wealth of photos, political cartoons, figures, and tables that engage students and bring the subject matter to life.
  • In-text icons direct students to relevant online resources, including podcasts, and short blurbs direct them to content from the CBC archives and episodes of TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin on the companion site.
  • How to Write an Essay online appendix helps students new to writing at the postsecondary level build the skills they need to succeed.
  • Engaging box program illustrates key concepts in action. Boxes are themed as follows:
  • Inside Politics boxes feature analysis of current events, quotations from key figures, and coverage of historical and contemporary issues that highlight the role of politics in the real world.
  • Canadian Spotlight boxes focus on Canadian timelines and highlights in politics and democracy.
  • Media Beat boxes highlight news stories related to politics as well as books, magazine articles, and other media focused on political topics.
  • Democracy Watch boxes focus on controversial events, processes, and situations related to Canadian democracy, engaging readers in debates about political issues that affect the lives of Canadians.
New to this Edition
  • New marginal definitions of key concepts help students identify foundational information and easily locate terms for review.
  • Fully up-to-date with current statistics and discussions in each chapter, including ideological positions of Canadian political parties during the 2015 election (Ch. 9), coverage of the 2016 U.S. election (Ch. 12), class and wealth in Canada (Ch. 3), the diversity of Justin Trudeau's cabinet (Ch. 5), and print media (Ch. 11).
  • New boxes on topics such as women in politics (Ch. 5), Canadian-Aboriginal history (Ch. 5), minority governments in Canada (Ch. 8), regulating cell phone communications (Ch. 10), and the future of news media (Ch. 11) have been added throughout.
  • Increased visual material, refined pedagogy, and better integrated supplemental material make this text a full learning package for students and instructors.