Comparing Canada. Methods and Perspectives on Canadian Politics

Turgeon, Luc Papillon, Martin

Edited with Jennifer Wallner and Stephen White

Abstract

Debating how Canada compares, both regionally and in relation to other countries, is a national pastime. This book examines how political scientists apply diverse comparative strategies to advance the understanding of Canadian political life.

By applying comparative approaches to a wide range of research questions, three questions are explored: First, how do Canadians compare their country? That is, what are the diverse approaches, methods, and theories used to understand Canada from a comparative perspective? Second, why do Canadians compare – what are the objectives of comparative research that includes Canada? And third, what can we learn about Canadian politics through comparison?

Using a variety of methods, the contributors examine topics as diverse as Indigenous rights, Canadian voting behaviour, and climate policy. While the theoretical perspectives and kinds of questions asked vary greatly, as a whole they demonstrate how the “art of comparing” is an important strategy for understanding Canadian identity politics, political mobilization, political institutions, and public policy.

As a resource for comparative outlooks on Canada, this collection will be an invaluable guide for scholars and students of political science.

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