Citizen Politics: Research and Theory in Canadian Political Behaviour

Paperback | August 15, 2001

byJoanna Everitt, Brenda ONeill

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The study of political behaviour in Canada has often focused largely on parties and voting; Citizen Politics seeks to expand that definition of political behaviour to encompass behaviouralsim as a method of inquiry, as well as a focus of inquiry which includes; political culture, publicopinion, voting and elections, political participation, leaders and activists, and interest groups and social movements. In the past fifteen years since a Canadian political behaviour text was last published, the field has changed immensely, and this collection reflects these changes. Women areexamined as independent political actors, the importance of the media to voting and elections is investigated; the uniqueness of immigrant and ethnic minority participation in Canadian politics is discussed, and new social movements are examined. Each section begins with an essay that synthesizes the important research and arguments that inform each subfield. These are followed by two or more essays of original, contemporary research which inform students of critical new approaches and provide examples of how research in the field ofpolitical behaviour is conducted. The editors begin the volume with an essay that discusses what political behaviour is, how the study is done, and why it is important as a field of study, and they end the book with an examination of the state of the field in Canada today and an assessment oftomorrow's challenges.

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The study of political behaviour in Canada has often focused largely on parties and voting; Citizen Politics seeks to expand that definition of political behaviour to encompass behaviouralsim as a method of inquiry, as well as a focus of inquiry which includes; political culture, publicopinion, voting and elections, political participa...

Joanna Everitt is an Associate professor of politics at the University of New Brunswick - Saint John Campus. Her research focuses on gender differences in public opinion; women, media and leadership evaluation; and voting behaviour. She has published in journals such as Press/Politics, Women and Politics, the Canadian Journal of Polit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:465 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceSection I: Behavioural Methods1. Brenda O'Neill (University of Manitoba) and Joanna Everitt (University of New Brunswick): The Study of Canadian Political Behaviour: What is it? How do you do it? And why bother?Section II: Political Culture2. Ian Stewart (Acadia University): Vanishing Points: Three Paradoxes of Political Culture Research3. Brenda O'Neill: Sugar and Spice? Political Culture and the Political Behaviour of Canadian Women4. Neil Nevitte (University of Toronto) and Mebs Kanji (University of Calgary): Canadian Political and Value ChangeSection III: Public Opinion5. Elisabeth Gidengil (McGill University): Bringing Politics Back In: Recent Developments in the Study of Public Opinion in Canada6. Patrick Fournier (University of Montreal): The Uninformed Canadian Voter7. Joanna Everitt: Gender Gaps on Social Welfare Issues: Why do Women Care?8. Donald E. Blake (University of British Columbia): Personal Values and Environmental Attitudes9. Pierre Martin, and Richard Nadeau, both at the University of Montreal: Understanding Opinion Formation in Quebec SovereigntySection IV: Voting and Elections10. Keith Archer (Univeristy of Calgary) and Mebs Kanji: Voting Theory and Their Applicability in Canada11. Andre Blais (University of Montreal), Neil Nevitte, Elisabeth Gidengil, and Richard Nadeau: Do Party Supporters Differ?12. Munroe Eagles (State University of New York at Buffalo): Ecological Factors and Voting13. Richard Jenkins (University of British Columbia): The Media, Voters, and Election Campaigns: The Reform Party and the 1993 Election14. Sandra Burt (University of Waterloo): The Concept of Political Participation15. Lawrence LeDuc (University of Toronto): Consulting the People: The Canadian Experience with Referendums16. Yasmeen Abu Laban (University of Alberta): Challenging the Gendered Veritical Mosaic: Immigrants, Ethnic Minorities, Gender, and Political Participation17. Louise Carbert (Dalhousie University): Building Social Capital: Civic Engagement in Farm CommunitiesSection VI: Leaders and Activists18. Anthony Sayers (University of Calgary): The Study of Political Leaders and Activists19. David Stewart (University of Alberta): Electing a Premier: An Examination of the 1992 Alberta PC Universal Ballot20. David Docherty (Wilfrid Laurier University): Political Careers in Canada21. Jerome Black (McGill University): Representation in the Parliament of Canada: The Case of Ethnoracial Minorities22. William Cross (Mount Allison University): Grassroots Participation in Candidate NominationsSection VII: Interest Groups and Social Movements23. Jacquetta Newman (Wifrid Laurier University) and A. Brian Tanguay (Wilfrid Laurier University): Crashing the Party: The Politics of Interest Groups and Social Movements24. Lisa Young (University of Calgary): Going Mainstream? The Women's Movement and Political Parties in Canada and the US25. Lorna Stefanick (University of Alberta): New Social Movements and the Environmental Policy Process: The Case of Alberta's Castle Wilderness Area InstitutionsSection VIII: Conclusion26. Joanna Everitt and Brenda O'Neill: Canadian Political Behaviour, Past and PresentContributors