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A Teaching Topic in Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

Federal-Provincial Fiscal Relations

This topic looks at the issues surrounding “fiscal imbalances” in Canadian federalism, and other features of the fiscal relationship that exist between the federal and provincial governments in Canada. Specifically, students learn about policy disputes surrounding equalization and are introduced to the issues related to the spending power.

Recommended Reading (Carleton University PADM 5211): 

Herman Bakvis, Gerald Baier, and Douglas Brown, Contested Federalism (Oxford, 2009). Chs 8, 9.

Herman Bakvis and Grace Skogstad, Canadian Federalism: Performance, Effectiveness and Legitimacy, third edition, Oxford, Don Mills, 2012. Ch. 4.  

Tom Courchene, Reflections on the Spending Power, IRPP Working Paper, June 2008, on the IRPP website.

A Report Card on Canada’s Fiscal Arrangements, Joshua Hjartson, James Pierce and Matthew Mendelsohn, at  

Energy Prices, Equalization and Federalism (2005); A Short History of Equalization (2007); and Fiscalamity (2008)…three articles by Tom Courchene, on the IRPP website Policy Options, September 2006, whole issue devoted to fiscal federalism, available on IRPP web site.  

France St-Hilaire: “Fiscal Gaps and Imbalances”, 2004, Institute for Research on Public Policy, available on their web site.

Source: PADM 5211 Syllabus, 2012

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