Citizens - Canadian Democratic Audit (Hardback)
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Citizens - Canadian Democratic Audit (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 24/05/2004
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Citizens are central to any meaningful definition of democracy. Whatdoes it say about the health of Canadian democracy when fewer citizensthan ever are exercising their right to vote and party membership rollsare shrinking? Are increasingly well-educated citizens turning awayfrom traditional electoral politics in favour of other forms ofdemocratic engagement or are they simply withdrawing from politicalparticipation altogether?

The first comprehensive assessment of citizen engagement in Canada,this volume raises challenging questions about the interests andcapabilities of Canadians as democratic citizens, as well as theperformance of our democratic institutions. It is essential reading forpoliticians and policy-makers, students and scholars of Canadianpolitics, and all those who care about the quality of Canadiandemocracy.

Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
ISBN: 9780774809191
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm


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This is an excellent exposition of the attention Canadians pay to their politics, the information they have about it, their levels or participation, and their civic mindedness. The volume also places the information in a comparative context, measuring the data against the background afforded by such observers as Ron Inglehart and Douglas Coupland, both of whose works deal with the impact of generations on attitudes and values. This volume is part of the "Canadian Democratic Audit" series examining how well Canadian democracy is practiced at the outset of the 21st century. The product of the combined efforts of four notable Canadian academic specialists, it is also a timely effort; coming when the levels of Canadian voting are diminishing while media commentary discusses apparent public cynicism and alienation from the political process. The range of topics is wide. It deals with such group dynamics as sex, social class, education, income, etc., as well as activities at the three levels of government - federal, provincial, and municipal. This worthy addition to the series could serve as an important segment of courses in Canadian and comparative politics. Highly Recommended. -- P. Regenstreif, University of Rochester * Choice *
I strongly recommend this volume to those concerned with the state of Canadian democracy, as well as to instructors of senior undergraduate and graduate courses in political behaviour. The authors turn what could have been a mundane recitation of data into a thoughtful and important reflection on the social, policy and electoral consequencesof the democratic divide. -- Livianna Tossutti, Brock University * Canadian Journal of Political Science *
The first comprehensive assessment of citizen engagement in Canada, this volume raises challenging questions about the interests and capabilities of Canadians as democratic citizens, as well as the performance of our democratic institutions. It is essential reading for politicians and policy-makers, students and scholars of Canadian politics, and all those who care about the quality of Canadian democracy. * International Review of Administrative Sciences 71(4), 2005 *

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