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Public Administration
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PAP4365
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Book Review Democratizing the MarkosPhillipsConstitution by Peter Aucoin Student5312958Mark Jarvis Lori Turnball Edmond Montgomery Publications Limited 2011 253pp 3200 soft cover ISBN 9781552394632ThenotionofpresdentializingtheparliamentarysystemresonateswiththeCanadianpublicDemocratizingtheConstitutionaddressesthepowerimbalancebetweenthePrimeMinisterandOttawaselectedParliamentItscentralargumentbegstoascertainhowtheunrestraintandabuseofPrimeMinisterialpowerintheCanadianpoliticalsystemunderminestheinstitutionofparliamentarydemocracyAucoinandcoclaimthatthisisduetotheerosionoftheconstitutionalconventionsmeanttoguidethepracticeofresponsiblegovernmentPowerabuseisclaimedtooccurintwodimensionsFirstistheconstitutionaldimensionthatenablesthePMtocontrolthegovernorgeneralpowersofsummoningproroguinganddissolvingParliamentSecondlytheparliamentarygovernancedimensionidentifiestheproblemswiththeprimeministerdisproportionateamountofpowerinthedaytodayoperationsofparliamentThroughthisbookAucoinCoseektoestablishfirmclearrulesforthepracticesofgoverningconfidenceandthesummoningprorogationanddissolutionofParliamenttoadvanceproposalsthatwouldreducethepoweroftheprimeministerandgovernmenttodominateparliamentarystructuresandprocessesmerelytoservetheirpartisaninterestsAucoin201120BroadlyspeakingthereexistsamultifacetedpowerstrugglewithintheCanadianpoliticalsystemThisexistsnotonlywithinthefederalprovincialseparationofpowersbutwithinthefederalgovernmentitselfDemocratizingtheConstitutionplacesitselfin
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