Canadian Parties in Transition, Fourth Edition
Published: September 2016© 2016
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 512 Pages
Dimensions: 6.05 x 9.02
512 Pages, 6.05 x 9.02 x 0.98 in
Canadian Parties in Transition examines the transformation of party politics in Canada and the possible shape the party system might take in the near future. With chapters written by an outstanding team of political scientists, the book presents a multi-faceted image of party dynamics, electoral behaviour, political marketing, and representative democracy.
The fourth edition has been thoroughly updated and includes fifteen new chapters and several new contributors. The new material covers topics such as the return to power of the Liberal Party, voting politics in Quebec, women in Canadian political parties, political campaigning, digital party politics, and municipal party politics.
Alain-G. Gagnon and A. Brian Tanguay
Part I: Origins and Evolution of the Canadian Party System
1.The Evolution of the Canadian Party System: From Brokerage Politics to Marketing-Oriented Politics
2. Money, Politics, and the Canadian Party System
3. Parties and Regions: Representation and Resistance
4. Polarized Pluralism in the Canadian Party System
5. The Waning of Political Parties?
Part II: Ideologies and Party Politics
6. Ideological Competition in the Canadian Party System
7. The Liberal Party of Canada: Rebuilding, Resurgence, and Return to Power
8. The Conservatives: Rebuilding and Rebranding, Yet Again
9. Ideological Moderation and Professionalization: The NDP under Jack Layton and Tom Mulcair
10. Third Parties in Canada: Variety and Success
Part III: Representation and Democracy
11. Party Politics and Voting Systems in Canada
12. Back to the Future: Encoding and Decoding Interest Representation Outside of Parties
13. Party Politics in a Distinct Society: Two Eras of Block Voting in Quebec
Alain-G. Gagnon and François Boucher
14. Where Are the Women in Canadian Political Parties?
15. The Promise of Direct Democracy: Is That All There Is?
A. Brian Tanguay
Part IV: New Paths for Research
16. From Brokerage to Boutique Politics: Political Marketing and the Changing Nature of Party Politics in Canada
Alex Marland and Thierry Giasson
17. Political Campaigning
Richard Nadeau and Frédérick Bastien
18. Two Decades of Digital Party Politics in Canada: An Assessment
Tamara A. Small
19. Participation, Mobilization, and the Political Engagement of the Internet Generation
20. Municipal Political Parties: An Answer to Urbanization or an Affront to Traditions of Local Democracy?
Kristin R. Good
List of Contributors
Canadian Parties in Transition remains a classic. It brings together works by many of Canada’s pre-eminent students of parties, elections, and representation, and addresses questions of fundamental importance to our understanding of electoral reform, social movements, party organization, and political communication in the twenty-first century. Students of Canadian politics will be well served by this collection of informative papers. John Courtney, University of Saskatchewan
For more than 25 years, Canadian Parties in Transition has been an indispensable tool for teaching and research about Canadian political parties. With this fourth edition, Gagnon and Tanguay continue, and signicantly extend, an outstanding scholarly tradition. Blending insights from established and up-and-coming scholars, this collection offers both comprehensive field coverage and innovative interpretations of emerging trends. All students of Canadian parties will welcome the conceptual clarity and up-to-date analysis presented in each of the chapters. Neil Bradford, Huron University College
Since the appearance of the first edition of Canadian Parties in Transition in 1987, the book has become essential reading for students of Canadian political parties. This thoroughly revised fourth edition continues the book’s tradition of comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the Canadian party system with its shifting sociological, ideological, and technological environments. With contributions from a blue-ribbon group of political scientists, the collection continues to break new ground in scholarship on Canadian parties. I’ll be assigning it in my courses with enthusiasm. Munroe Eagles, SUNY Buffalo