Dynasties and Interludes

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-05-30
  • Publisher: Dundurn Pr Ltd
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This book provides a comprehensive and unique overview of elections and voting in Canada from Confederation to the recent spate of minority governments. Its principal argument is that the Canadian political landscape has consisted of long periods of hegemony of a single party and/or leader (dynasties), punctuated by short, sharp disruptions brought about by the sudden rise of new parties, leaders, or social movements (interludes). Changes in the composition of the electorate and in the technology and professionalisation of election campaigns are also examined in this book, both to provide a better understanding of key turning points in Canadian history and a deeper interpretation of present-day electoral politics.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. 9
List of Tablesp. 13
Prefacep. 17
Continuity and Change in Federal Electionsp. 21
The Macdonald and Laurier Dynastiesp. 61
A New Liberal Dynasty: The Mackenzie King Erap. 107
The Diefenbaker Interludep. 167
Forging New Structures of Competitionp. 205
Trudeaumaniap. 241
Stumbling into a Dynasty: 1972-74p. 271
The Clark interlude and the Return of the Liberalsp. 303
The End of the Trudeau Dynasty and the Mulroney Landslidep. 335
The Free Trade Election of 1988p. 371
The Progressive Conservative Cataclysm of 1993p. 399
The Chr├ętien/Martin Dynastyp. 437
Civil Wars, Regional Dynasties, and Minority Governmentsp. 477
Explaining Dynasties and Interludesp. 521
Bibliographyp. 551
Indexp. 569
About the Authorsp. 577
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