Absent Mandate: Strategies and Choices in Canadian Elections

By Harold D. Clarke, Jane Jenson, Lawrence LeDuc, and Jon H. Pammett

© 2019

Absent Mandate develops the crucial concept of policy mandates, distinguished from other interpretations of election outcomes, and addresses the disconnect between election issues and government actions. Emphasizing Canadian federal elections between 1993 and 2015, the book examines the Chretien/Martin, Harper and Trudeau governments and the campaigns that brought them to power. Using data from the Canadian Election Studies and other major surveys, Absent Mandate documents the longstanding volatility in Canadian voting behaviour. This volatility reflects the flexibility of voters' partisan attachments, the salience of party leader images, and campaigns dominated by discussion of broad national problems and leaders rather than by coherent sets of policy proposals. The failure of elections to provide genuine policy mandates stimulates public discontent with the political process and widens the gap between the promise and the performance of Canadian democracy.

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Dominated by discussions of broad national problems, media tactics gone amiss, and the personal lives of party leaders, Canadian election campaigns have led to substantial public discontent.

Absent Mandate: Strategies and Choices in Canadian Elections

By Harold D. Clarke, Jane Jenson, Lawrence LeDuc, and Jon H. Pammett

© 2019

Absent Mandate develops the crucial concept of policy mandates, distinguished from other interpretations of election outcomes, and addresses the disconnect between election issues and government actions. Emphasizing Canadian federal elections between 1993 and 2015, the book examines the Chretien/Martin, Harper and Trudeau governments and the campaigns that brought them to power. Using data from the Canadian Election Studies and other major surveys, Absent Mandate documents the longstanding volatility in Canadian voting behaviour. This volatility reflects the flexibility of voters' partisan attachments, the salience of party leader images, and campaigns dominated by discussion of broad national problems and leaders rather than by coherent sets of policy proposals. The failure of elections to provide genuine policy mandates stimulates public discontent with the political process and widens the gap between the promise and the performance of Canadian democracy.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Absent Mandate follows a long tradition of examining continuity and change in the Canadian electorate. A first rate group of authors updates trends during recent decades and the role of partisanship, issues, and performance in voting behavior and campaigns. Essential reading for students of elections and voting behavior, campaigns and Canadian politics, this edition brings developments into the 21st Century."


    Pippa Norris, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Author Information

    Harold D. Clarke is the Ashbel Smith Professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas.


    Jane Jenson is a professor emerita in the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal.


    Lawrence LeDuc is a professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.


    Jon H. Pammett is a distinguished research professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Figures
    List of Tables
    Preface

    1. The Strategic Configuration of Canadian Democracy
    2. Partisanship: Persistently Flexible
    3. A Politics of Discontent
    4. On the Issues
    5. Leading the Campaign
    6. Performance Politics and Electoral Volatility
    7. Policy, Promise ... Mandate?
    8. Conclusion: Continuities amidst Change

    Appendix A. Political Parties’ Percentages of the Vote, 1965–2015 Federal Elections
    Appendix B. Seats Won by Political Parties, 1965–2015 Federal Elections
    Appendix C. Vote in the 2015 Federal Election by Province/Territory and Socio-Demographic Characteristics
    Appendix D. Federal Party Identification by Region and Socio-Demographic Characteristics, 2015
    Appendix E. Survey Data Sources

    References
    Index