Political Theory

Liberty and Parliamentary Government


This conference examined the Parliamentary model of government with a focus on how it facilitated or hindered the development of liberty and how it compared to the American system. Readings included core texts about sovereignty and freedom in both traditions, a consideration of leading commentators on the modern parliamentary system, and a concluding session on the example of Canada.


Conference Readings

Farrand, Max, eds. The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966.

Ajzenstat, Janet , eds. Canada's Founding Debates. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.

1787, “The Constitution of the United States” In The American Republic: Primary Sources, edited by Bruce Frohnen, 234-238. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

Act of the British Parliament. “The British North America Act, 1867.” Center for Columbia River History. http://www.ccrh.org/comm/river/docs/1867.htm (accessed on October 13, 2011).

Bagehot, Walter. The English Constitution. Edited by Miles Taylor. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Creighton, Donald Grant. Towards the Discovery of Canada. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1972.

Dicey, A. V. Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution [1885; 8th edition, 914]. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1982.

Grant, George. Lament for a Nation. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007.

Heritage Foundation. “Index of Economic Freedom Top 10.” Heritage Foundation. http://www.heritage.org/index/ (October 12, 2011).

Madison, James. “Vices of the Political System of the United States [April 1787] .” TeachingAmericanHistory.org. http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=802 (accessed on October 18, 2011).

Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat. The Spirit of the Laws. Translated by Anne M. Cohler, Basia Carolyn Miller, and Harold Samuel Stone. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Mulroney, Rt. Hon. Brian. “Speech to the Economic Club of New York (December 10, 1984).” The History of Canada Online (HCO). http://canadachannel.ca/HCO/index.php/Brian_Mulroney,_Economic_Club_of_New_York (accessed on October 13, 2011).