UBC Press Picks: 2020 BC Election

Posted: Monday, October 05, 2020

On October 24, British Columbians will head to the polls. UBC Press has an number of books particularly relevant to British Columbians during the 2020 election campaign. Take a peek below at our election selections!

And for anyone wondering how to vote safely during COVID-19, please visit Elections BC website for information.



Big Promises, Small Government
Doing Less with Less in the BC Liberal New Era

George M. Abbott; Foreword by Vaughn Palmer

With the BC Liberal's recent campaign promise to cut the PST in their first year, Big Promises, Small Government is as relevant as ever. Perhaps a cautionary tale, this book recounts the BC Liberals' tax cuts in the early 2000s, offering vital lessons to future governments.


Inside the Campaign
Managing Elections in Canada

Edited by Alex Marland and Thierry Giasson

If you've ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in an election campaign, Alex Marland and Thierry Giasson's edited volume, Inside the Campaign, provides an unparalleled understanding of the nuts and bolts of running a political campaign in Canada.

Eager to read it before the BC election? An open access version is also available.


Breaching the Peace
The Site C Dam and a Valley's Stand against Big Hydro

Sarah Cox

With news of foundation issues and spiraling costs, will Site C be on the political agenda during the 2020 election campaign?


Party Discipline in Canada

Alex Marland

Essential reading before all political campaigns in Canada, Whipped examines the inner workings of party discipline, exposing how democracy works in the age of instant communication and political polarization.


A Great Revolutionary Wave
Women and the Vote in British Columbia

Lara Campbell

The first book on the woman's suffrage movement in British Columbia A Great Revolutionary Wave, traces the history of the fight for the vote from the 1870s to the 1940s.


The Motivation to Vote
Explaining Electoral Participation

André Blais and Jean-François Daoust

The Motivation to Vote looks at citizens' decisions to vote or abstain in elections. The authors argue that the decision to vote hinges on four key questions: Do I like politics? Do I have a duty to vote? Do I care about the outcome? Is it easy to vote? These issues–particularly the last–are crucial in the 2020 BC election, where British Columbians, encouraged to stay safe and socially distanced during the pandemic, decide not only who to vote for, but whether or not to participate.


Queering Representation
LGBTQ People and Electoral Politics in Canada

Edited by Manon Tremblay

Political representation matters, yet the election of openly LBGTQ people is a relatively recent phenomenon in the West. Will the exclusion of particular social, ethnic, and sex/gender groups have an impact on the outcome of the BC election?

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