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The laws of government : the legal foundations of Canadian democracy

Author: Craig Forcese; Aaron Freeman
Publisher: Toronto : Irwin Law, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"The Laws of Government is a comprehensive legal treatise on the law of Canadian democracy. This book is a one-stop-shop for an area of law and policy that is emerging quickly. Almost every year, Parliament has had to deal with controversies involving electoral reform, political fundraising rules, ethics and conflict of interest, access to information, judicial appointments, parliamentary reform, and minority
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Craig Forcese; Aaron Freeman
ISBN: 9781552211960 1552211967
OCLC Number: 697773278
Description: xviii, 590 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The constitutional basis for Canadian democracy --
Voting and elections --
Unelected officials --
Parliament and the legislative process --
Responsible government: Parliament and cabinet --
Ethics and conflicts of interest --
Lobbying --
Information and the currency of democracy --
Democratic accountability in a globalized confederation --
Concluding thoughts on the law of Canadian democracy.
Responsibility: Craig Forcese and Aaron Freeman.
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"The Laws of Government is a comprehensive legal treatise on the law of Canadian democracy. This book is a one-stop-shop for an area of law and policy that is emerging quickly. Almost every year, Parliament has had to deal with controversies involving electoral reform, political fundraising rules, ethics and conflict of interest, access to information, judicial appointments, parliamentary reform, and minority governments, to name a few. The book grapples with these contemporary issues.

Each chapter deals with a discrete area in the law of democratic governance, providing a detailed account of the relevant legal and policy issues and exploring the nature and likelihood of law reform. It includes original empirical research on judicial and non-judicial governor-in-council appointments, lobbying, and legislative productivity in Parliament.

The book is intended as a rigorous legal resource, but one that is accessible to a non-legal audience. It has multidisciplinary appeal, incorporating public administration and political science themes. The Laws of Government is essential reading for journalists, elected officials, public servants, lobbyists and all who are interested in politics and Canadian democracy.

This second edition incorporates changes in the law since 2005. In particular, the Conservative government's Federal Accountability Act, which received royal assent in December 2006, revamped the Canadian law of government accountability - especially that dealing with ethics. Since 2006, other refinements to the legal superstructure supporting democratic governance at the federal level have been put in place. All of these new developments are reflected in the revised volume."--Pub. desc.

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