Dynasties and Interludes: Past and Present in Canadian by Jon H. Pammett, Lawrence LeDuc, André Turcotte, Judith I.

By Jon H. Pammett, Lawrence LeDuc, André Turcotte, Judith I. McKenzie

Dynasties and Interludes presents a finished and specific assessment of elections and vote casting in Canada from Confederation to the new spate of minority governments. Its significant argument is that the Canadian political panorama has consisted of lengthy sessions of hegemony of a unmarried celebration and/or chief (dynasties), punctuated by means of brief, sharp disruptions caused by means of the unexpected upward thrust of recent events, leaders, or social pursuits (interludes).

Changes within the composition of the voters and within the know-how and professionalization of election campaigns also are tested during this e-book, either to supply a greater figuring out of key turning issues in Canadian historical past and a deeper interpretation of present-day electoral politics.

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And, in particular, is excessive and blatant manipulation associated with a specific kind of regime? When thinking about regime type, it is helpful to follow the literature on the topic and move beyond the authoritariandemocratic dichotomy. A few years after the number of electoral regimes around the world exploded in the early 1990s, scholars and analysts remarked on the fact that many of these regimes fell short of democratic standards (Carothers 1997; Joseph 1997). Moreover, scholars noted that these regimes 48 49 Another exception to the literature is Simpser (2003), which argued that “electoral fraud is not only about creating, obtaining or eliminating ballots, but also about transmitting messages to potential voters – messages, for example, that discourage those who favor opposition forces from voting,” and that electoral manipulation could have effects that transcend those on the election in which it is perpetrated, for example by reinforcing “beliefs about the invincibility of the incumbent” (3, 24–25; see also Simpser 2005 for further elaboration).

29 For purposes of this book, on a conceptual level I use the term “electoral manipulation” broadly, to refer to the gamut of normatively unacceptable tactics that can be utilized for potentially influencing elections. , Cox and Kousser 1981, 656–657). For an example of the broader usage see Greene (2007). The narrower usage is often associated with discussions of machine politics (see Stokes 2007). For further details see Chapter 2. Introduction and Overview 13 political rule – and not just to marginally flip electoral outcomes in tight races, I am highlighting its role as a tool of authoritarianism.

My argument proposes that elections are, at root, not only occasions for deciding who is to hold office, but also processes through which parties might shape public information with the potential to influence the subsequent behavior of social and political actors. In this context, electoral manipulation emerges as an instrument of political control. Empirical Findings In addition to the theoretical contribution sketched in the previous paragraphs, this book accomplishes two empirical goals. First, it provides a systematic, global picture of electoral manipulation.

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