The Constant Liberal: Pierre Trudeau, Organized Labour, and the Canadian Social Democratic Left (Paperback)Christo Aivalis (author)
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Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
This book is an excellent contribution to the scholarly literature of Canadian political biography, partly because it invites readers to think seriously about its conclusions, regardless of whether or not they agree with them.-- James McHugh, University of Akron * American Review of Canadian Studies *
[Aivalis's] careful re-telling of the historical record provides a useful and interesting narrative which will be of interest to many readers today, and provides considerable fodder for thought as we engage in current political debates.-- Andrew Jackson, Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University * The Broadbent Blog *
Well-written, intelligently argued, and admirably researched, The Constant Liberal is an important contribution to the international debate about the fate of Western social democracy, the end of the Keynesian consensus, and the meaning of liberalism today. -- John English * The Canadian Historical Review *
The author's highly readable narrative - spanning five decades - focuses on a series of key policy areas and ultimately delivers a thought-provoking social democratic analysis of the politics of Pierre Trudeau. In fact, the book reveals as much about the ideology and politics of the social democratic left as it does about Trudeau. -- Larry Savage, Labour Studies, Brock University * Labour/Le travail, Iss. 82 *
Historians interested in understanding Trudeau or Canada since 1945 will find considerable material to reflect on the major challenges affecting the country during this period.-- Thristan Falconer * Histoire sociale/Social History *
This new book by Christo Aivalis...focuses on Trudeau's political philosophy and how he expressed it in legislation. From that perspective he seems much less a philosopher-king and far more an astute politician who was further to the right than he seemed. Moreover, Aivalis shows how Trudeau paved the way for modern neoliberalism - which he did not much like at all.-- Crawford Kilian * The Tyee *
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