Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thinking about parliaments

Janet passes on a mini-review of Adam Tomkins' Our Republican Constitution and its analysis of how parliaments work and how they should work. My own longer review in the Literary Review of Canada, which introduced Tomkins to Canadian discussions, is here. I have another essay on another topic forthcoming in the LRC - don't miss the April issue.

Breckenridge is shortsighted, in my view, in his prescription for change in Canada: the parties' authoritarian rules (even when cemented into the Elections Act) are a symptom, not the problem. But his doubts about Tomkins' prescriptions are worthwhile, even allowing for the note of professional jealousies being exercised.
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