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The United States and Canada: How Two Democracies Differ and Why It Matters

Paul J. Quirk


This edited volume compares the political systems of the United States and Canada, focusing on the effects of political institutions, and their interaction with political values and other factors, in policymaking. It explores the differences between the American presidential (or separation-of-powers) system and the Canadian parliamentary system. It also considers institutional differences such as federalism, bureaucratic leadership, and judicial definitions of citizens’ rights. It deals mainly with the period from the mid-20th century to the present but also discusses recent developments—espec ... More

Keywords: United States, Canada, comparative analysis, political systems, institutions, political culture, values, public policymaking

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190870829
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190870829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul J. Quirk, editor
Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia

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Part I Introduction

1 Introduction

Paul J. Quirk

Part II Political Culture and Institutions

2 Political Culture and Values

Russell J. Dalton

3 Electoral and Party Systems

André Blais, Shaun Bowler, and Bernard Grofman

4 Executive Leadership and the Legislative Process

Jonathan Malloy and Paul J. Quirk

5 Bureaucratic Influence and Policymaking

John R. McAndrews, Bert A. Rockman, and Colin Campbell

6 Federalism

Richard Simeon and Beryl A. Radin

Part III Policies and Outcomes

7 Economic Policy

William Keech and William Scarth

8 Environmental Policy

Kathryn Harrison

9 Morality Issues

Gary Mucciaroni and Francesca Scala

10 Healthcare

Antonia Maioni and Theodore R. Marmor

11 Managing Diversity

Irene Bloemraad and Doris Marie Provine

12 Assessing Performance

Keith Banting, Jack Nagel, Chelsea Schafer, and Daniel Westlake

Part IV Conclusions

13 Lessons of Comparison

Paul J. Quirk

End Matter