Friday, September 18, 2009

Broken Democracy?

Coyne v. Wells, the debating Macleans columnists (do they find their work easier than undergraduate essay-writing, I wonder?) are holding a public dustup on our parliamentary and governmental problems. "Our Democracy is Broken" is the title, various great brains will contribute, it's in Toronto, it's next Monday, and the rest of the details are here.

Speaking of Canadian democracy and politics, a team of political scientists is bringing out a volume of essential readings on the subject. It's not out yet, but after the assessment from Janet Ajzenstat here, it feels like it is dead on arrival. Can we have politics that work without a working understanding of the origins of our politics?
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