In This Review
Redesigning the State: The Politics of Constitutional Change in Industrial Nations

Redesigning the State: The Politics of Constitutional Change in Industrial Nations

Edited by Keith G. Banting and Richard Simeon

University of Toronto Press, 1985, 257 pp.

Experts on the politics of a number of industrial democracies (Canada, the United States, Britain, Belgium and Spain) examine the relationship between the fundamental constitutional law (the rules of the game) and the elements of power and politics that are the actualities of the game itself. They are particularly good in showing how ethnic and regional interests have shaped, or distorted, the constitutional structure. Thrown in for good measure-or contrast-is a chapter on the U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe.