Connecting with Canadians

Research Area:

Democracy, Governance and Citizenship

There is a growing perception among Canadians that our democracy isn't working as well as it should. Some see the problem as citizens not being full participants in decision-making from low voter turnout to having no voice in policy-making. Citizen participation is a problem not only for the citizens themselves, but for elected officials, political parties, public servants and civil society all of whom want to know how and when to involve the public in the policy process.

Governance is critical in this citizen engagement. Governance involves a web of networks including public and private sectors, institutions, organizations and individual actors that can influence how or even whether the preferences and choices of citizens are reflected in policy and program delivery. CPRN's research program describes and assesses the impact of governance on policy-making.

Citizenship is an important element in discussions of participation and inclusion. Citizens have rights and responsibilities. Balancing the two is an ongoing challenge as the core values of citizens evolve over time in response to political, economic and demographic circumstances with the recognition that certain fundamental values remain constant.

In Canada, the realignment of state and market over the last 20 years has altered our sense of common citizenship. It has also raised awareness of the importance of fostering access and belonging to the institutions of citizenship. CPRN's work on citizenship focuses on the different ways people understand and practice citizenship at every stage of their lives, including the supports and spaces they need to fulfill their citizenship aspirations.


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Publications:

Title Type Publishedsort desc.
Canadian Non-Profit Organizations Play a Critical Role in Social Innovation and the Economy Commentary 22 Oct 2009
Social Innovation in Canada: An Update Research Report 8 Oct 2009
The Future of Policy Capacity in Canada: Roundtable Report Research Report 28 May 2009
There's More to Policy Than Alignment Research Report 28 May 2009
There’s More to Policy Than Alignment Presentation 28 May 2009
The Current State of Federalism Studies in Canada (2000-2007): A Quantitative and Qualitative Review of the Scholarly Literature Research Report 15 May 2008
"What Do You Mean I Can't Have a Say?" Young Canadians and Their Government Research Report 18 Oct 2007
Lost in Translation: (Mis)Understanding Youth Engagement – Synthesis Report Research Report 18 Oct 2007
Rendre compte et soutenir l'action bénévole des jeunes Research Report 18 Oct 2007
The State and Potential of Civic Learning in Canada Research Report 18 Oct 2007
Public Participation in Canada Presentation 11 Oct 2007
A Group Apart: Young Party Members in Canada Research Report 20 Sep 2007
Charting the Course for Youth Civic and Political Participation – CPRN Youth Workshop Summary Report Research Report 20 Sep 2007
Indifferent or Just Different? The Political and Civic Engagement of Young People in Canada Research Report 20 Sep 2007
The Meaning of Political Participation for Indigenous Youth Research Report 20 Sep 2007
Getting Ready for the Referendum: Food for Thought… – Forum Highlights Research Report 12 Jul 2007
The Ontario Citizens' Assembly MMP Model Presentation 12 Jul 2007
Teaching Aids for Civics Education in Canadian Schools Other 17 May 2007
Getting the Bug for Democracy Presentation 10 May 2007
Economic Arguments for Action on the Social Determinants of Health Research Report 7 Dec 2006
The Canadian Diversity Model In Brief Other 28 Apr 2005
Democratic Practices Other 27 Apr 2005
Economic Freedom - Economic Security Other 27 Apr 2005
Individual Rights - Group Rights Other 27 Apr 2005
Symmetry - Asymmetry Other 27 Apr 2005
The Canadian Diversity Model: Overview Other 27 Apr 2005
Uniformity - Heterogeneity Other 27 Apr 2005
Youth and Citizenship: Discrimination and Personal Security Other 27 Apr 2005
Youth and Citizenship: Economic Independence and Security Other 27 Apr 2005
Youth and Citizenship: Education Other 27 Apr 2005
Youth and Citizenship: Identity, Belonging and Independence Other 27 Apr 2005
Youth and Citizenship: Overview Other 27 Apr 2005
Social Innovation in Canada - How the non-profit sector serves Canadians ... and how it can serve them better Research Report 25 Nov 2004
Social Cohesion: Updating the State of the Research Research Report 12 Jul 2002
Citizenship: Its Relationship to the Canadian Diversity Model Presentation 16 Apr 2002
An Agreement that Devolves Responsibilities to Québec in Order to Improve the Operation of the Labour Market Presentation 22 Feb 2002
The Canadian Diversity Model: A Repertoire in Search of a Framework Research Report 26 Nov 2001
A Literature Review on Youth and Citizenship Research Report 4 Sep 2001
Highlights: Youth and the Transition to Citizenship Other 4 Sep 2001
The Changing Boundaries of Citizenship: A Review and a Research Agenda Research Report 6 Apr 2001
Social Citizenship in 21st Century Canada: Challenges and Options Other 5 Feb 2001
Social Citizenship in 21st Century Canada: Challenges and Options Presentation 5 Feb 2001
Thinking About Marginalization: What, Who and Why? Research Report 17 Nov 2000
Backgrounder: Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Diversity: The Canadian Experience Other 31 May 2000
Backgrounder: Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Diversity: The Canadian Experience - Response by Avigail Eisenberg Commentary 31 May 2000
Backgrounder: Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Diversity: The Canadian Experience - Response by Tariq Modood Commentary 31 May 2000
Backgrounder: Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Diversity: The Canadian Experience - Response by Will Kymlicka Commentary 31 May 2000
Social Cohesion: A Critique Research Report 17 Dec 1999
Mapping Social Cohesion: The State of Canadian Research Research Report 27 Nov 1998