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Prime Ministerial Power in Canada: Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden - The C.D. Howe Series in Canadian Political History (Paperback)
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Prime Ministerial Power in Canada: Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden - The C.D. Howe Series in Canadian Political History (Paperback)

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Paperback 412 Pages / Published: 15/01/2018
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Many Canadians lament that prime ministerial power has become too concentrated since the 1970s. This book contradicts this view by demonstrating how prime ministerial power was centralized from the very beginning of Confederation and that the first three important prime ministers - Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden - channelled that centralizing impulse to adapt to the circumstances they faced. Using a variety of innovative approaches, Patrice Dutil focuses on the managerial philosophies of each of the prime ministers. He shows that by securing a firm grip on the instruments of governance these early first ministers inevitably shaped the administrations they headed, as well as those that followed.

Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
ISBN: 9780774834742
Number of pages: 412
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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Prime Ministerial Power in Canada is an incredibly welcome addition to the understanding of the Canadian political executive ... Any serious scholar of the Canadian political executive must read (and re-read) this book.

-- J.P. Lewis, University of New Brunswick * Canadian Journal of Political Science *
Dutil casts light on the minutiae of governing that elucidates the challenges of managing and entrenching power ... The strength and innovation of the book is in the detailed analysis of the use of royal commissions, orders-in-council and correspondence as instruments of power. -- Mel Cappe, University of Toronto * Literary Review of Canada *

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