The Canadian Democratic Audit

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Beginning in Spring 2004, UBC Press began publishing a groundbreaking new series examining the status of Canadian democracy at the outset of the 21st century. The result of a milestone research project of the Centre for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University, the Canadian Democratic Audit series makes a monumental contribution to our understanding of political life in Canada. The audit comprises a series of volumes, each examining a different aspect of Canadian democracy. Throughout the series, three central questions guide the investigation: How participatory is Canadian democracy? How responsive are our political institutions? How inclusive is our public decision making? The tenth volume, Auditing Canadian Democracy, marks the culmination of this landmark series.

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Elections

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This volume, by eminent political scientist John Courtney, assesses the history and development of five “building blocks” of Canada’s electoral regime: the franchise, electoral districts, voter registration, election machinery, and plurality voting.

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Political Parties

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This book delves into the history, structure, mechanisms, and roles of Canada’s political parties.

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Citizens

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The first comprehensive assessment of citizen engagement in Canada, this volume raises challenging questions, not just about the interests and capabilities of Canadians as democratic citizens, but also about the performance of our democratic institutions.

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Advocacy Groups

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This volume looks at who participates in advocacy groups, which kinds of groups dominate the political agenda, what influence lobbying has on the government, and how to make these groups a more vibrant and accountable part of political life in this country.

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Legislatures

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Provides a democratic audit of Canada’s provincial and national representative assemblies, arguing that the problem existing in these bodies is not a lack of talent so much as a lack of institutional freedom.

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Federalism

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In a world where federal states seem to exist precariously, politicians and academics from around the globe continue to look to Canada as a model of federalism. And yet, our own system of organization and governance also appears strained ...

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Cabinets and First Ministers

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A clear account of the development, structure, and operation of cabinet and the role of first ministers at the federal, provincial, and territorial levels.

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Communication Technology

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Darin Barney takes a piercing, nuanced look at how communication technologies are changing democratic life in Canada, and whether technological mediation of political communication has an effect on political practice.

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The Courts

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An insider's perspective on the role of judges, lawyers, and expert witnesses; the cost of litigation; the representativeness of juries; legal aid issues; and questions of jury reform.

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Auditing Canadian Democracy

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The final volume of the Canadian Democratic Audit, this book presents a timely synthesis of the project’s findings and suggestions for democratic reform in Canada.

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