Steps Toward Making Every Vote Count: Electoral Ssytem Reofrm in Canada and its Provinces
Steps Toward Making Every Vote Count brings together the best analyses from the best qualified observers on developments in the growing movement to reform Canada’s electoral system.
Among mature democracies, only the United States and Canada use the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system for electing all state and provincial, as well as national, law makers. In Canada the debate over the electoral system, which began in earnest after the 1997 federal election, is now moving from the university and think-tank seminar room to the floor of five provincial legislatures.
Four key chapters present up-to-date accounts of developments in BC, Quebec, PEI, and Ontario. They show the provinces moving at different speeds toward meeting an objective to propose a specific model of proportional representation that also ensures a continued role for directly elected representatives of specific geographic boundaries. Two chapters recount experiences in New Zealand and Scotland, which adopted electoral plans attempting just such a balance. Others look at South Africa, Japan, Frances, and the United States – each selected for the light its casts on a specific aspect of electoral system reform. The remaining chapters consider various practical implications of changing Canada’s electoral system – now a very real prospect.
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- Page Count: 320 pages
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This clear, crisply written, and well-rounded book will be a handy reference guide to those following what has become an important debate in contemporary Canadian politics.
American Review of Canadian Studies
Henry Milner teaches political science at Vanier College, is an adjunct professor at Laval, a visiting fellow at Queen's, and co-editor of Inroads. He has studied electoral reform in New Zealand and published extensively on Scandinavian institutions.
Table of contents
List of Tables and Figures
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Political Drop-Outs and Electoral System Reform
Part I: The Pros and Cons of Reforming the Canadian Electoral System
1. Regionalism and Party Systems: Evaluating Proposals to Reform Canada's
Harold J. Jansen and Alan Siaroff
2. That Bleak? Fathoming the Consequences of Proportional Representation in Canada
3. Problems in Electoral Reform: Why the Decision to Change Electoral Systems is Not Simple
Richard S. Katz
4. Reminders and Expectations about Electoral Reform
John C. Courtney
Part II: Recent Experience in Other Countries
5. Stormy Passage to a Safe Harbour? Proportional Representation in New Zealand
Jack H. Nagel
6. Making Every Vote Count in Scotland: Devolution and Electoral Reform
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