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Good Government? Good Citizens?

Courts, Politics, and Markets in a Changing Canada

Three forces are at work in reconstituting the citizen in this society: courts, politics, and markets. Many see these forces as intersecting and colliding in ways that are fundamentally reshaping the relationship of individuals to the state and to each other. How has Canadian society actually been transformed? Good Government? Good Citizens? examines the altered roles of courts, politics, and markets over the last two decades. It includes chapters on the Aboriginal peoples, cyberspace, education, and on an ageing Canada. The book concludes with reflections on the “good citizen.”

264 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents



Part 1: The Society that Was

1 Before the Transformation

Part 2: Courts, Politics, and Markets in a Society in Transition

2 The Ascendance of Courts

3 Representative Politics in Disarray

4 Chasing Choice: The Market Abounding

Part 3: Some Examples of a Changing Canada

5 Aboriginals: Two Row Wampum, Second Thoughts, and Citizens Plus

6 Citizens in Cyberspace: The Internet and Canadian Democracy

7 The Youngest Citizens and Education as a Public Good?

8 Evermore Citizens Who Are Senior: An Ageing Canada Conclusion: "The Dance of Adjustment"



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