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Insiders and Outsiders
Alan Cairns and the Reshaping of Canadian Citizenship
Gerald Kernerman   Philip Resnick  

$97.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 12/15/2004
ISBN: 9780774810685    

$36.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2005
ISBN: 9780774810692    

378 Pages


About the Book

Insiders and Outsiders celebrates the work of Alan Cairns, one of the most influential Canadian social scientists of the contemporary period. Few scholars have helped shape so many key debates in such a wide range of topics in Canadian politics, from the electoral system and federalism, to constitutional and Charter politics, to questions of Aboriginal citizenship.

This volume contains engaging and critical analyses of Cairns’ contributions by a diverse group of scholars -- political scientists, legal scholars, historians, and policymakers, many of them leaders in their own fields. It includes assessments of his role as a public intellectual, his interpretation of Canada’s electoral system, his views on federalism and on Canadian unity, his approach to Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations, and his writings on citizenship and diversity. The book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of Canadian politics, history, and society, especially those examining ssues such as the Charter of Rights, Aboriginal politics, federalism, multiculturalism, political institutions, and political change. It should also be of interest to a larger public that follows the Canadian political scene, and that shares Cairns’ concerns with broad questions of citizenship, diversity, and national unity.

About the Author(s)

Gerald Kernerman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Canadian Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Philip Resnick is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia.

Table of Contents


Gerald Kernerman and Philip Resnick

Part 1: Methods and Approaches
2. Alan Cairns: Public Intellectual
John Meisel
3. The Political Scientist as Hedgefox: Key Themes in Cairns’ Approach to Institutions
Leslie A. Pal

Part 2: Citizen-Shaping Institutions
The Electoral System
4. Early Warning, No Response: Alan Cairns and Electoral Reform
Roger Gibbins
5. The Electoral System and the Party System Revisited
Richard Johnston

The Institutions of Canadian Federalism
6. The Legacy of the Privy Council in Canadian Federalism
Peter W. Hogg
7. Unnatural Loyalties or Naïve Collaborationists? The Governments and Citizens of Canadian Federalism
Fred Cutler and Matthew Mendelsohn
8. Institutions, Citizenship, and Federalism: Contrasting Models of Redistribution in the Twenty-First Century
Robert G. Finbow

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
9. Some Implications of the Embedded State in Canada
Barry Cooper
10. Morton and Knopff’s The Charter Revolution and the Court Party: A Legal Critique
Robin Elliot
11. The Politics of Honourable Constitutional Inclusion and the Citizens’ Constitution Theory
Matt James
12. Charters and Constitution Making: Comparing the
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights
John E. Fossum

Part 3: Citizenship, Diversity, and Unity
Quebec and Canadian Unity
13. The Anatomy of Cairns’ Constitutional Criticism: French Canadians, Quebec, and the Canadian Constitution
Ramsay Cook
14. Alan C. Cairns on Canadians’ Right to Their Country
Stéphane Dion
15. Plan C? Alan Cairns and English Canada Confront the Challenge of Quebec Sovereignty
Reg Whitaker
16. Canada’s Mismatching Federations
Jean Laponce

Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal Relations
17. Belonging in the New World: Imperialism, Property, and Citizenship
Frances Abele
18. Toward Conceptual Precision: Citizenship and Rightsm Talk for Aboriginal Canadians
Joyce A. Green
19. Parallel or Embedded? Aboriginal Self-Government and the Changing Nature of Citizenship in Canada
Marc Hanvelt and Martin Papillon
20. First Nations, Citizenship, and Democratic Reform
Kathy L. Brock

Diversity and Unity
21. Citizenship in a Multinational Democracy
Peter H. Russell
22. Citizenship Complexities in Canada and Australia: A Challenge for the Hedgefox
Brian Galligan
23. Of Cairns and Cages? Identity, Democracy, and Alan Cairns
Alexandra Dobrowolsky and Richard F. Devlin
24. Multiculturalism, Gender, and Social Cohesion: Reflections on Intersectionality and Urban Citizenship in Canada
Caroline Andrew

25. My Academic Career: The Pleasures and Risks of Introspection Alan C. Cairns



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Insiders and Outsiders is a splendid collection of insightful, well-written essays by leading political scientists, produced in honour of Cairns. … The book should be read by anyone who is seeking an overview of Canada’s political landscape or who just wants to understand the nature and value of Cairns’s contribution to that landscape.
- Joseph Garcea, CBRA 2006, Fall 2007

Sample Chapter


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Political Science
Political Science > Canada

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