Elections

Elections

by John Courtney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0774809175

ISBN-13: 9780774809177

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: University of Washington Press

Open and competitive elections governed by widely accepted rules and procedures are essential to the legitimacy of any political system. Elections assesses the history and development of five building blocks of the Canadian electoral regime: the franchise, electoral districts, voter registration, election machinery, and plurality voting.

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Open and competitive elections governed by widely accepted rules and procedures are essential to the legitimacy of any political system. Elections assesses the history and development of five building blocks of the Canadian electoral regime: the franchise, electoral districts, voter registration, election machinery, and plurality voting.

Arguing that on balance the Canadian electoral system is truly democratic, John Courtney demonstrates its vast improvements over the years. The right to vote is now generously interpreted. The process of redrawing electoral districts is no longer in the hands of elected officials. Voter registration lists include all but a small whare of eligible voters. And those who manage and supervise elections on behalf of all citizens are honest and trustworthy officials. Using the recent push for reform of the plurality vote system as one example, Courtney also examines why certain electoral institutions have been amenable to change and others have not.

In a democracy it is important for citizens to understand the most essential parts of their own electoral system. Elections is an ideal primer for undergraduate students, journalists, politicians, and citizens interested in the current state of Canadian democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780774809177
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Figures and TablesForewordAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Rules of the Electoral Game2. Who Can Vote?3. From Gerrymandering to Independence: Territorially Based Districts4. Registering Voters5. Electoral Machinery: From Partisanship to Professionalism6. Representation, Plurality Voting, and the Democratic Deficit7. Auditing Canada's Electoral SystemDiscussion QuestionsAppendix: Three Challenges and Possible ReformsGlossaryAdditional ReadingWorks CitedIndex

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