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Crosscurrents: Editors' Choice, 8th Edition

By Charlton/Barker
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352 pages
ISBN-10: 0176523375
ISBN-13: 9780176523374
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 8th

The quintessential debate-style reader for Introductory and Canadian Politics has undergone an exciting change of format. In this 8th edition, Mark Charlton and Paul Barker have gathered together the best of their Crosscurrents collections—Canadian Political Issues, 7e; International Relations, 5e; and International Development, 1e—and now provide 14 issue selections in the new Editors’ Choice. This continues to be a stimulating collection of essays that teaches students to think critically, analyze major issues of the day, and engage discussion. Each issue is explored by two leading authorities, each one presenting an alternative view of the issue in a yes/no debate format. The new Reader’s Choice custom option allows instructors to select from 26 issues (including the 14 included in Editors’ Choice) and build their own reader, suited to their course’s specific needs.


  • *NEW* Editors' Choice: 14 provocative issues explored by two leading authorities, one taking a side in support of the issue, the other opposing it.
  • There are two great ways to enjoy this debate-style reader: the Editors' Choice offers 14 issues drawn from the best of the classic Crosscurrents collections—Canadian Political Issues, 7e; International Relations, 5e; and International Development, 1e—and a new custom offering, Reader's Choice, gives you the option to build your own reader from these 14 and an additional 12 issues from these collections.
  • Reader's Choice: select from 26 provocative issues to build your own course-specific reader.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 - Issue: Will Conservatism and the Conservative Party Fail?
  • Yes: A Dead End: Conservatism and the Conservative Party
  • No: Twenty-First Century Conservatives Can Continue to Succeed
  • Chapter 2 - Issue: Can Native Sovereignty Coexist with Canadian Sovereignty?
  • Yes: The Case for Native Sovereignty
  • No: Native Sovereignty: Does Anyone Really Want an Aboriginal Archipelago?
  • Chapter 3 - Issue: Is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Antidemocratic?
  • Yes: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is Antidemocratic and Un-Canadian
  • No: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is Antidemocratic and Un-Canadian: An Opposing Point of View
  • Chapter 4 - Issue: Is a Majority Government More Effective Than a Minority Government?
  • Yes: The Case for a Functioning Majority Government
  • No: The Case for an Effective Minority Government
  • Chapter 5 - Issue: Is the Prime Minister Too Powerful?
  • Yes: Coming to Terms with Political Realities: Exploring the Breadth of Prime-Ministerial Power
  • No: Limits on the Power of the Prime Minister
  • Chapter 6 - Issue: Is a Mixed-Member Proportional Electoral System in Canada?s Interest?
  • Yes: Getting What You Vote For
  • No: Unintended Consequences of Proportional Representation
  • Chapter 7 - Issue: Should the Court Challenges Program Be Reinstated?
  • Yes: Why the Government Was Wrong to Cancel the Court Challenges Program
  • No: Why the Government Was Right to Cancel the Court Challenges Program
  • Chapter 8 - Issue: Is Ethnic Diversity an Inherent Cause of Conflict?
  • Yes: Ethnic Conflict in World Politics
  • No: The Banality of ?Ethnic War?
  • Chapter 9 - Issue: Can Trade Liberalization Benefit Both the Rich and Poor?
  • Yes: Free Trade
  • No: Fair Trade
  • Chapter 10 - Issue: Can Sweatshops and Cheap Labour Benefit the Poor?
  • Yes: In Praise of Cheap Labour
  • No: Why Economists Are Wrong About Sweatshops and the Anti sweatshop Movement
  • Chapter 11 - Issue: Does Outright Debt Cancellation Ignore the Real Problems of Africa?
  • Yes: Smart Aid for Africa
  • No: The Case for Debt Cancellation and Increased Aid to Africa
  • Chapter 12 - Issue: Can Genetically Modified Food Help Solve Global Food Needs?
  • Yes: Can GM Crops Play a Role in Developing Countries?
  • No: Ban GMOs Now: Health & Environmental Hazards, Especially in the Light of the New Genetics
  • Chapter 13 - Issue: Do Current World Bank and IMF Lending and Aid Models Alleviate Poverty?
  • Yes: Macroeconomic Policy and Poverty Reduction
  • No: An ''Empty Glass'': How the Bretton Woods Institutions Help to Sustain and Exacerbate Poverty
  • Chapter 14 - Issue: Has the Adoption of a Rights-Based Approach to Development Failed?
  • Yes: On High Moral Ground: The Incorporation of Human Rights by the Development Enterprise
  • No: Making Moral Low Ground: Rights as the Struggle for Justice and the Abolition of Development

Author Information

Paul Barker

Paul Barker teaches political science at Brescia University College, London, Ontario. Professor Barker received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has written articles on public policy that have appeared in Canadian Public Administration, Canadian Public Policy, and the Canadian Journal of Law and Society.