Politics Is Local: National Politics At The Grassroots

Paperback | August 18, 2005

byR. Kenneth Carty, Munroe Eagles

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Politics is Local examines a critical but often neglected aspect of party politics: the local. Virtually everything available on parties and elections in Canada focuses on parties as national organizations, yet most Canadians operate in their individual communities and their associations aredriven by the idiosyncratic patterns of community life in Canada. The authors examine the local dimension of party politics, its organization, structure, and activity patterns. The book explores several dimensions of local politics and demonstrates that parties are deeply rooted in localcommunities and that the shape of these many communities profoundly structures political life.

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Politics is Local examines a critical but often neglected aspect of party politics: the local. Virtually everything available on parties and elections in Canada focuses on parties as national organizations, yet most Canadians operate in their individual communities and their associations aredriven by the idiosyncratic patterns of commu...

R. Kenneth Carty is at Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia. Munroe Eagles is at Department of Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:211 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:August 18, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195418492

ISBN - 13:9780195418491

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List of Tables and FiguresAcknowledgements1. The Constituency Foundations of Canadian Party and Electoral LifeThe Importance and Diversity of Federal ConstituenciesAn Ecological Perspective on Canadian PoliticsConstituency Characteristics and Ecological ModelsOutline of the Book2. The Local Bases of Party OrganizationOrganization, Environment, and Canadian Political PartiesThe Local Basis for Constituency OrganizationGrassroots Organizations3. Grassroots Money and Constituency CampaignsThe Regulatory Framework for Local Campaign FinanceConstituency-Based Campaign Fund-RaisingConstituency-Based Campaign SpendingConstituency Money4. Competition in the Constituency PartiesNomination Contests and Intra-Party DemocracyContested Nominations: Organizational Impact and Campaign StrengthContested Nominations and Electoral ImpactsCompetition in Constituency Parties5. Candidates and Local CampaignsNominating Local CandidatesCandidate Types and Campaign TeamsCandidate Types, Campaign Autonomy, and ResourcesA Multivariate Test of the Four TypesGrassroots Campaigns6. Local Campaigns in National ElectionsThe Candidate-Party Balance in Canadian ElectionsAre Local Campaigns Party Campaigns?Do National Parties Conduct Strategic CampaignsParties and Constituency Electoral Campaigns in Canada7. Leaders' Tours and Constituency Electoral PoliticsThe 2000 Campaign and the Leaders' ToursThe Geography of Leaders' VisitsWhat Kinds of Candidates and Districts Attract Leaders?Do Leaders' Visits Have an Impact on the Local Vote?Tours and Elections8. Do Local Campaigns Matter?Do Local Campaigns Matter? Current InterpretationsLocal Campaign Effects in Canada in the 1988 ElectionLocal Spending and the Vote, 1993-2000Local Campaigns Do Make a Difference9. Media Coverage of Constituency Electoral PoliticsMedia Coverage of Constituency CampaignsLocal Campaigners' Satisfaction with Media Coverage of Their CampaignsThe Media and Local Campaigns10. Small Worlds and Local StrongholdsIdentifying the Local Dimension of Party SupportLocal Bastions of Party Strength, 2000Party Strongholds and Wastelands, 1993-2000The Small Worlds of Canadian Constituency Politics11. Politics is LocalA Nationalization of Political Life?A Decline of Grassroots Politics?A Highly Localized Franchise Bargain?Making the Most of What is Locally AvailableNurturing Grassroots DemocracyNotesReferencesIndex