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Print Price: $134.99

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576 pp.
80 photos; 39 figures; 13 tables; 2 maps, 8" x 10"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Canadian Democracy

Ninth Edition

Stephen Brooks

Start thinking critically about Canadian politics with this engaging introduction that features institutions and issues in perfect balance.

Offering a thorough grounding in the institutions and processes of Canadian government, this book focuses on issues of individual, group, and regional equalities and freedoms while raising thought-provoking questions about the nature of Canadian democracy itself.

Readership : A core text for introduction to Canadian politics courses offered out of political science departments at the first- and second-year university levels.


  • "An engaging and accessible introduction to the main players, institutions, events and fault lines in Canadian politics and government."
    --Kelly Saunders, Brandon University

  • "This text offers a solid introduction to the key issues in Canadian politics from a range of perspectives. The text is accessible to students, engages them in key controversies in the literature, and does so with insight and wit."
    --Janice Newton, York University

  • Reviews from Canadian Democracy, Eighth Edition

    "Canadian Democracy successfully integrates societal/cultural interpretations with institutional dynamics to reveal the complexities of Canadian political life. The writing is clear and consistent, making the material very accessible for students."
    --Mario Levesque, Mount Allison University

  • "The textbook covers all of the major areas that are necessary (indeed, crucial) for an introductory course on Canadian government and politics."
    --Royce Koop, University of Manitoba

Figures and Tables
NOTE: Each chapter includes
- Chapter Overview
- Key Terms
- Feature Boxes
- Chapter Summary
- Starting Points for Research
- Review Exercises

Part I: Introduction
1. An Introduction to Political Life
Part II: The Societal Context of Politics
2. Political Culture
3. The Social and Economic Setting
4. Diversity and Multiculturalism
5. Regionalism and Canadian Politics
Part III: The Structures of Governance
6. The Constitution
7. Rights and Freedoms
8. Federalism
9. The Machinery of Government
10. The Administrative State
Part IV: Participation in Politics
11. Parties and Elections
12. Interest Groups
13. The Media
Part V: Contemporary Issues in Canadian Political Life
14. Language Politics
15. Women and Politics
16. Indigenous Politics
17. Canada in the World

Test Generator
For Each chapter:
· 60 multiple choice questions
· 25 true-or-false questions
· 10 short answer questions
· 10 essay questions
· Answer key
Instructor's Manual
For Each chapter:
· Chapter summaries/Lecture outlines
· Objectives for student learning
· List of key concepts in each chapter
· 5 ideas for class discussion
· 5 statements for class debates
· 5 class activities
· Further resources
PowerPoint Slides
For Each chapter:
· 30-35 slides to support lectures
Image Bank
For Each chapter:
· Features the text's art program online
Student Study Guide
* (Please note that the Student Study Guide is password-protected)
For Each chapter:
· Chapter outline
· Objectives for Student Learning
· List of key concepts
· 15 short answer study and essay questions
· 30 multiple choice questions
· 20 true-or-false questions
· 5 essay questions
Annotated list of relevant websites, articles, and books
-Topical discussions on current issues in Canadian politics by author, Stephen Brooks
Video Interviews Online

Stephen Brooks is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor, where he teaches in the areas of Canadian politics, public administration, and American politics. His research interests include the political influence of intellectuals, political thought in Canada and the United States, and foreign perceptions of American politics.

Inside Canadian Politics - Alex Marland and Jared J. Wesley
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Canadian Democracy - Stephen Brooks and Marc Ménard

Special Features

  • Features the latest data, research, court rulings, and election results, as well as excellent coverage of topical issues such as gender (Ch. 15), diversity and multiculturalism (Ch. 4), media (Ch. 13), and regionalism (Ch. 5).
  • Written with the undergraduate student in mind, this text's engaging narrative style guides students through complex material while encouraging critical thinking about this ever-developing subject.
  • Balances coverage of Canadian political institutions and Canadian political culture, helping students understand processes and institutions within the context of longstanding social relationships.
  • Encourages critical thought by continually asking students to consider the state of democracy in Canada, inviting them to be active participants in their own education.
  • Helps students determine the political role Canada plays in today's world and grasp how outside influences shape Canadian politics (Ch. 17).
  • Engaging box program illustrates key concepts in action. Boxes are themed as follows:
  • - The Social Fabric boxes explore social issues that impact, and are impacted by, political developments and concerns.
  • - Media Spotlight boxes focus on the media's role in the political process and issues and topics that have received special media attention.
  • - Politics in Focus 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.
  • - Governing Realities boxes examine how legislation, policy, and governmental decisions impact the lives of Canadians.
  • Inside front-cover index highlights institutional coverage throughout, providing a centralized reference for locating this important information.
New to this Edition
  • Comprehensive updates throughout the text provide students with the latest data, research, and analysis of current events up to and including the 2019 federal election.
  • Coverage of multiculturalism and interculturalism in Québec examines topics such as the "Conquest for French Canadians" and the Charter of Québec Values.
  • The 2019 federal election, the Trudeau government, and key political developments incorporated throughout the text.
  • New coverage of contemporary issues, including current trends in political communication and Canadian foreign policy, with all figures, tables, and statistical data completely updated throughout.
  • A streamlined and reorganized structure ensures the text offers students a more efficient treatment of key issues.
  • Summing Up section in each chapter gives students an overview of the main themes of the topics covered in each chapter.