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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; Canadian First edition (Oct. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0772786232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0772786234
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #371,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'John Pepall's arguments 'against reform,' are passionate, witty, and persuasive. He debunks everything from public relations to fixed terms and election dates to great effect, and is wonderfully critical of the half-baked theories held dear by rationalist political scientists. Against Reform will enliven the broader political discourse with its practical wisdom and great attention paid to real-world detail.' (Barry Cooper, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary)

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John Pepall is a writer and political commentator based in Toronto.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Kautz on May 29 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm very much enjoying the insights presented in this book - it is a concise summary of the problems of many modern initiatives to re-write Canadian parliamentary democracy, and in all my reading I've never encountered a book that captures such a wide spectrum of critiques.

My only issue with the book is the author's writing style - some sentences are poorly worded, requiring me to read them 2-3 times before I can grasp the meaning of the statement. It's a tolerable distraction, but does detract from the experience of reading the book. The style of writing seems more suited to speaking, as emphasis on certain words within the sentences needs to be understood properly.

All in all, that's a minor issue, and I would recommend the book to any student of Canadian politics or anybody interested in rounding out their views on electoral reform.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven on June 14 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm a democratic reformer to my core. I know my beliefs and most would have a hard time moving me from my positions. Then I read John Pepall's Against Reform. While he didn't turn me off of reform he did put some cold water on some of my ideas. Pepall does a terrific job of laying out the historical and political justifications for our governing system. Reformers are often more interested in change than what they hope to change, and what purpose these institutions serve. I strongly recommend this book for anyone intrigued with changing our system.
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