Continental Divide: The Values and Institutions of the United States and Canada

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Psychology Press, 1991 - Political Science - 337 pages
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Seymour Martin Lipset's highly acclaimed work explores the distinctive character of American and Canadian values and institutions. Lipset draws material from a number of sources: historical accounts, critical interpretations of art, aggregate statistics and survey data, as well as studies of law, religion and government. Drawing a vivid portrait of the two countries, Continental Divide represents some of the best comparative social and political research available.

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Fascinating book. On the surface Canada and the U.S. are similar enough that people speak their names in the same breath. In fact there are startling and complex differences. Well worth the read. Read full review

Continental divide: the values and institutions of the United States and Canada

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Lipset's main thesis is that the differences between the United States and Canada can be traced to their founding. The United States, the revolutionary nation, was founded on the principles of "life ... Read full review


The Introduction
Canadian Perspectives
Economic Behavior and Culture
Government Welfare and Philanthropy
Social Stratification Trade Unions and Politics
JO Mosaic and Melting Pot

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Seymour Martin Lipset was professor emeritus of public policy at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was past president of both the American Political Science Association and the American Sociological Association.

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