Including a detailed account of the main challenges associated with Quebec's place in the federation, Federalism, Citizenship, and Quebec stands apart from other English-language studies on multinational democracy, citizenship, and federalism, and, most notably, multinational democracy in Canada. Gagnon and Iacovino ground their work in both history and theory, offering a truly interdisciplinary approach that will appeal to scholars from fields as diverse as Canadian and Quebec politics, comparative politics, and political and legal theory. The book will contribute to awareness of the need for appreciating diversity in contemporary societies while being a useful addition to English Canadian students in these fields, who often lack exposure to many of the rich debates proceeding in Quebec.
This volume is the first sustained attempt to describe, analyze, and assess the "comparative turn" in Canadian political science. Canada's engagement with comparative politics is examined with a focus on three central questions: In what ways, and how successfully, have Canadian scholars contributed to the study of comparative politics? How does study of the Canadian case advance the comparative discipline? Finally, can Canadian practice and policy be reproduced in other countries?
Fernand Dumont, a sociologist, takes up this search from a personal standpoint. Rather than propose a theory, he attempts a reconstruction of recent Quebec history from the inside. The first three sections reflect the itinerary of a private conscience in quest of a native land and of a form of socialism suited to Quebec. The fourth section is devoted to the October crisis. This book is part of the broader process in which Quebeckers are engaged – attempting to arrive at a deeper understanding of their roots and collective existence in order to forge a better society. Fernand Dumont is perhaps the most sensitive and influential conscience at work in Quebec, and indeed Canada, today.
Also included is 'A letter to my English-speaking friends,' which urges English-speaking Canadians to join in genuine dialogue with French-speaking Canadians. Dumont's thoughtful reflections on Quebec's social and political life invite 'les Anglais' to a new view of Quebec.
Quebecers have been debating their future relative to Canada since before Confederation, though the discussions have been most heated during the past four decades. In this time the debate has gone around in circles. Now, instead of presenting the often-repeated theme of Quebecois as constantly victimized by Canada, 14 Quebec personalities come together to propose a new vision which affirms Quebec's autonomy and includes it in building a strong, federal Canada.
Eschewing traditional arguments which they claim prevent modern Quebec from advancing, lead to sterile debates, allow Quebecers to shirk responsibility and feed their victim complex, the contributors to this volume draw on their varied professional backgrounds as politicians, militants, intellectuals to invite Quebecers (and other Canadians) to rediscover the extraordinary potential of a well-crafted and properly realized federalism.
Among the arguments, former provincial justice minister Martin Cauchon analyzes the evolution of the Constitution, discusses how Quebecois have used it as a tool to feed political debate and makes the argument that Quebec should acknowledge that the document reflects diversity and sign it, the sooner the better. Law professor Jean Leclair refutes the claim that nationality is exclusive, urging Quebecois to consider themselves both Quebecois and Canadian. UNESCO ambassador Marie Bernard-Meunier critiques the existing Canadian federal structure which she claims denies the provinces an institutionalized role at that level and suggests that an elected Senate and a commitment to unity might solve the problem.
Although it was largely ignored by the French Canadian media when it was first published in French in 2007, The Reconquest of Canada is a breath of fresh air in the ongoing debate regarding Quebec's position relative to Canada. In this important book, the authors deliver a strong message that federalism provides Quebecers with the opportunity not only to find autonomy but to participate in the building of a united Canada. It is a clear, conciliatory treatise that paves the way for fresh voices and constructive discussion about the future of Canadian politics.
What distinguishes Canada's characteristic policy process is its quintessential ambivalence: ambivalence about the appropriate role of the state, about definitions of political community, and about individual and collective values and conceptions of rights. Embedded in the country's political institutions, it has deep roots in Canada's relationship to the United States, its history of English-French tensions, and its regional diversity.
Examining in particular the delicate federal-provincial division of power and the legislative-judicial relationship, Tuohy discusses how the constitutional debates of the 1980s and 1990s are testing Canada's institutions to resolve conflict.
In the series Policy and Politics in Industrial States, edited by Douglas E. Ashford, Peter J. Katzenstein, and T.J. Pempel.
In Repositioning Class Gordon Marshall uses the comparative study of British experiences in relation to those of the United States, Scandinavia and the former communist countries of Eastern Europe. Also examined are cases where Britain provides the exclusive focus for discussion either about class itself, or about how sociologists might most usefully pursue class analysis in the future. Specific issues include: the question of meritocracy, the relationship between class and gender, arguments about proletarianization, collective identities and the nature of the so-called underclass in advanced societies.
-Thomas Ferenczi, Le Monde des Livres