Canada and the United States: Differences that Count, Third Edition

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This thoroughly revised edition of Canada and the United States: Differences that Count continues to address, in a timely way, key institutions and policy areas, adding new chapters on welfare, race and public policy, values, demography, crime, the environment, conflict resolution, and federalism. Data sources for further research have also been included. As in the previous editions, the book does not assume that differences are increasing or decreasing or that one country is "better" than the other. In a straightforward and readable manner, the book looks at the Canadian way and the American way of doing things. From health care to crime (and punishment); from immigration to race and public policy; from tax regulations to the environment; from values to prime ministers and presidents there are as many differences as there are similarities in the way the two countries do things, and not infrequently it turns out that the similarities and differences are not as we have assumed them to be.

In Canada and the United States: Differences that Count, Third Edition, leading authorities compare and contrast the Canadian and the American experiences. They do so in the hope of creating a better understanding of the similarities and differences so that policy-makers, students, and ordinary citizens in each of the two countries may learn from the experiences of the other.

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David M. Thomas has held senior academic administrative appointments at Mount Royal University in Calgary and is retired Vice President Academic of Vancouver Island University. He was also the recipient of Mount Royal's Distinguished Faculty Award. He is the author of Whistling Past the Graveyard: Constitutional Abeyances, Quebec, and the Future of Canada and co-editor of Braving the New World: Readings in Contemporary Politics.

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The new edition of Canada and the United States: Differences that Count is terrific. The essays are deeply substantive, thoughtful, up-to-date, and very lively. It is perfect for classroom use and so well-written that the average citizen should be tempted to turn off the television or the internet and dip in a few chapters at a time. For anyone wanting to understand the differences and similarities between these two countries, and the reasons behind them, this is the place to start.

(Kent Weaver, Professor of Public Policy and Government, Georgetown University, and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution)

I have tried out this revised edition with my class of Canadian and American students at Harvard. It works—in both directions—and has stimulated much discussion.

(Richard Simeon, William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Harvard University, 2006-8)

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