Politics, Policy, and Government in British Columbia examines the political life of Canada's dynamic Pacific province. Each of the seventeen chapters, written by well-known experts, provides an up-to-date portrait and analysis of one of the many faces of B.C. politics. Taken together they provide a clear and comprehensive overview of the dominant themes and issues that have been the distinguishing features of the province's political life.
Key elements of the book include sections on:
the political setting, with discussions of BC's political culture and economy, and its relations with the rest of Canada and its own Native communities;
B.C.-style politics, which focus on electoral and parliamentary party politics, the changing place of women in BC public life, and the critical role of the media in explaining it all to British Columbians;
governing the province, with accounts of the premier and cabinet, the bureaucracy that delivers most government services, and the complex system -- from the police to the courts -- that provides the administration of justice and the rule of law; and
contemporary policy issues, with clear explanations of the intricacies of fiscal and social policy, analyses of recent conflicts over forest policy and environmental protection, a discussion of the role of lobbyists, and an examination of what difference is made when NDP governments are elected.
Anyone interested in B.C. or its politics will find this book an informative, up-to-date record of the processes and events that have marked B.C.'s past and will continue to shape its future.
R.K. Carty is head of the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia and the author and editor of a number of books on B.C. and Canada. The contributors to this book are drawn from colleges and universities across B.C., as well as the media and public affairs community in Victoria.
Introduction / R.K. Carty Part 1: Modern British Columbia 1 Value Conflicts in Lotusland: BC Political Culture / Donald E. Blake 2 From Timber to Tourism: The Political Economy of British Columbia / Michael Howlett and Keith Brownsey 3 British Columbia: `The Spoilt Child of Confederation' / Ed Black 4 Aboriginal Peoples and Aboriginal Title in British Columbia Politics / Paul Tennant Part 2: The Political Stage 5 The Politics of Polarization: Parties and Elections in British Columbia / Donald E. Blake 6 The British Columbia Legislature and Parliamentary Framework / Norman Ruff 7 Women and Political Representation in British Columbia / Lynda Erickson 8 The Media and British Columbia Politics / Barbara McLintock and Gerry Kristianson Part 3: Governing the Province 9 The Government of the Day: The Premier and Cabinet in British Columbia / Terence Morley 10 Provincial Governance and the Public Service: Bureaucratic Transitions and Change / Norman Ruff 11 Administering Justice / Terence Morley Part 4: The Patterns of Public Policy 12 Lobbying and Private Interests in British Columbia Politics / Gerry Kristianson 13 Public Finance and Fiscal Policy in British Columbia / Brian Scarfe 14 At the Edge of Canada's Welfare State: Social Policy-Making in British Columbia / Michael J. Prince 15 The Politics of Sustainability: Forest Policy in British Columbia / George Hoberg 16 Environmental Protection in British Columbia: Postmaterial Values, Organized Interests, and Party Politics / Kathryn Harrison 17 The British Columbia New Democratic Party: Does It Make a Difference? / Richard Sigurdson