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POLB50Y3 Lecture Notes - Napoleonic Code, Quasi, The Federalist Papers

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Introductory Class to Canadian Politics09/05/2012 3:54:00 PM
Tharrny Selvathayabaran
May 9th 2012
Approach Taken in Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches
Vocabulary used: coercion, elite accommodation, embedded state,
globalization, government, power, private sector, public sector.
The political system: private sector vs. public sector; inputs (demands and
support); authorities, output, feedback, environment.
Approaches to the Study of Politics
Five approaches can help interpret different aspects of the Canadian political
Public Choice
Class Analysis
Compounded Crisis Threatens the Very Existence of Canada
Donald V. Smiley identified three crises that threaten the very existence of
English-French conflict with francophones being swept up by Quebec
nationalism and, for some, separatism. Quebec as a “distinct society”
Riel rebellions, conscription crises, bilingualism, FLQ crisis, sovereignty,
referendums, Parti Quebecois, Bloc Quebecois.
Conflict between the various regions of Canada, especially relations
between the “centre” or “core” and the “periphery”

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Transcontinental railway, national policy, staples theory, Western alienation,
protest parties, Reform party
Relations with the United States and the threat of American domination of
Canada’s economy and culture
United Empire Loyalists, foreign ownership, cultural nationalism, external
affairs (Viet Nam, Cuba, Communist China, Iraq, Afghanistan).
Other crises certainly do exist, like concerns about the environment and
global warming and concerns about Aboriginal people, immigration, poverty
and homelessness. But none of these threaten the very existence of Canada
as a nation the way the “compounded crisis” threatens the country.
Donald V. Smiley. Canada in Question: Federalism in the Seventies
(Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 1972), Chapter 7.

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Introductory Class to Canadian Politics 09/05/2012
3:54:00 PM
Tharrny Selvathayabaran
May 9th 2012
Read over the weeks outlines ; and that will with the lecture
State is able to impose a will on us , by means of sanctions or penalties (jail)
Elites work together to bring into place different government policies ; On going
discussion between various acquisitions
Embedded State : the already present government with the other aspects political
league cannot function on its own = economic , labour
Globalization : globalizing force within international , transnational , supranational
operating in external environments. They place demands on government , constrains
actions of governments.
Government : make or force certain decisions ; health care ; INSTITUIONS ; foreign
affairs l makes those decisions and enforces them.
Government political power : exercise of their power to do what the government wants ;
PRIVATE SECTOR : separated from government ; business
Broader public sector : separate from government , most of their funding comes form
How much should the public sector be able to do ?
Public sector : input , demands , and how we support the government , judicial system ,
FIVE different approaches to interpret the political system
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