Tom Bateman

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Tom Bateman is Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at St Thomas University in Fredericton. His teaching and research interests are in constitutional politics, the Charter of rights, and religion and politics.

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David Edward Tabachnick,‎ Leah Bradshaw

Citizen and Multiculturalism in Western Liberal Democracies. David Edward Tabachnick and Leah Bradshaw, eds.,  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.
 
Multiculturalism is among the ambivalences of our time. The word refers to the fact of ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity in political communities. In this sense, it is a sociological category. What types of diversity are embraced in this factual account is…

In his Inaugural Address, President Trump intoned that “we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.” He praised the “just and reasonable demands of a righteous people and a righteous public.”
The Trump rhetoric evoked a…
Administrative Threat

The Administrative Threat. Philip Hamburger. New York: Encounter, 2017.
 
Readers of a certain vintage will recall a British TV series called Yes, Minister, in which a hapless cabinet minister, Jim Hacker, is continually bested by his wily, seasoned principal secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby. Appleby’s particular genius is to advance the goals of the administration, and prevent incursions into it by parties…

Ted Morton and Rainer Knopff’s  2000 Charter Revolution and the Court Party[1] was an academic blockbuster when it was published and stands today as one of the signal contributions to the debate about the institutional and cultural consequences of the Charter and the larger trajectory of Canadian constitutionalism. The book is written in an argumentative and at times playful style,…
Delacroix Liberalism Liberal Liberty France Revolution

John P. Safranek, The Myth of Liberalism. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2015.
 
Can a regime function in the absence of a conception of justice? This is contemporary liberalism’s apparent aspiration. Amidst the undeniable fact of ethnic, racial, religious, and ideological diversity – add to this now the menu of choices of sexuality opened up by medical technology and…