Against Reform

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University of Toronto Press, Oct 16, 2010 - Political Science - 176 pages
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In Against Reform, John Pepall offers a stringent critique of proposed reforms to Canada's political institutions. Examining electoral reform, an elected or provincially appointed Senate and reduced terms for Senators, fixed election dates, recall, initiative, and parliamentary reform, including 'free votes' and parliamentary confirmation of appointments, Pepall contends that these reforms are ill-conceived and would be harmful.

At the root of Pepall's critique is an argument that, in Canada today, too many voters are quick to blame institutions rather than their own conflicting interests and understandings when they do not receive what they want out of government. While considering influential factors such as academic and media bias, political fashion, and the American example, Pepall's unique and highly readable assessment takes aim at the practical and theoretical understandings of reform across party lines.

 

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Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction
Fixed Election Dates
Proportional Representation
The Paradox of Voting
5 The People Speak? British Columbias Citizens Assembly
Some Simple Ways
8 Parliamentary Reform
Parliamentary Confirmation of Appointments
Recall
Initiative
12 The Senate
13 Let It Be
Notes
Index

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John Pepall is a writer and political commentator based in Toronto.

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