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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.