Canadian Democratic Audit
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.
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.
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.
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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