by Herman Bakvis (UVic), Gerald Baier and Douglas Brown (Queen’s)
Federalism – particularly in Canada – involves an ongoing contestation of interests, ideas, and identities. It is a contestation that sometimes clarifies but often obscures the nature of conflicts and the manner in which they are resolved. Recognizing the great degree of ambivalence associated with federalism, the authors provide students with the conceptual tools and basic knowledge of various governmental processes that will allow them to analyze and, if necessary, critique intergovernmental relations. Focusing on three areas – basic federal and intergovernmental structure; the constitutional and institutional framework of the federation; and ‘federal governance’ – Contested Federalism is an engaging and balanced treatment of federalism in Canada.