Against Reform and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
or
Amazon Prime Free Trial required. Sign up when you check out. Learn More
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Against Reform on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Against Reform [Paperback]

John Pepall
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
List Price: CDN$ 20.95
Price: CDN$ 15.29 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details
You Save: CDN$ 5.66 (27%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Want it delivered Thursday, September 25? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition CDN $9.99  
Hardcover CDN $29.61  
Paperback CDN $15.29  
Save Up to 90% on Textbooks
Hit the books in Amazon.ca's Textbook Store and save up to 90% on used textbooks and 35% on new textbooks. Learn more.
Join Amazon Student in Canada


Book Description

Oct. 16 2010 University of Toronto Centre for Public Management Monograph

In Against Reform, John Pepall offers a stringent critique of proposed reforms to Canada's political institutions. Examining electoral reform, an elected or provincially appointed Senate and reduced terms for Senators, fixed election dates, recall, initiative, and parliamentary reform, including 'free votes' and parliamentary confirmation of appointments, Pepall contends that these reforms are ill-conceived and would be harmful.

At the root of Pepall's critique is an argument that, in Canada today, too many voters are quick to blame institutions rather than their own conflicting interests and understandings when they do not receive what they want out of government. While considering influential factors such as academic and media bias, political fashion, and the American example, Pepall's unique and highly readable assessment takes aim at the practical and theoretical understandings of reform across party lines.


Product Details


Product Description

Review

'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)

About the Author

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


Customer Reviews

5 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars
Most helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Reformers June 14 2011
By Steven
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.
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category


Feedback