Canada dares to change, but cautiously
In the current issue of Governance, Evert Lindquist and Chris Eichbaum argue that studies of Westminster systems need to expand their view beyond the relationship between politicians and public servants. The Westminster model also includes “tacit bargains” between ministers and caucuses, and between governments and the general public. Canada did not undertake reforms as radical as other Westminster systems. But the Harper government did upset the status quo, often provoking strong resistance. Lindquist and Eichbaum contrast Canadiandevelopments with other systems, and consider how the new Trudeau government may change course. Read the article. The article is part of a special issue on the future of the Westminster model.