Elite Accommodation in Canadian Politics

Elite Accommodation in Canadian Politics

by Robert Presthus


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Elite Accommodation in Canadian Politics by Robert Presthus

Originally published in 1973, the main objectives of this study were to bring together a comprehensive amount of empirical information on the structure and process of interest groups and the nature of their interaction and influence vis-á-vis government (a great deal of such information existed regarding the USA but the subject had been somewhat neglected in the case of Canada) and also to provide a theoretical explanation of interest groups in the political process by a comparative analysis of their behaviour in the two different political and cultural systems of Canada and the USA. The implications of the study are developed within the framework of the theory of elite accommodation, which attempts to explain interest-group behaviour in the context of the larger socio-political system. Arguing that Canada should be included in the category of 'consociational' societies - i.e. relatively stable societies characterised by deep cleavages of religion and ethnicity, such as Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland - the author shows how accommodation between governmental and private elites encourages democratic stability in Canada in two ways: in a 'nation-saving' context and also on the operational level of allocating social resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521131056
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/11/2010
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Political Theory and Political Culture: 1. The theory of elite accommodation; 2. The Canadian political culture; 3. Theoretical aspects of interest group analysis; Part II. Canadian Interest Groups: Structure, Role, Resources, Effectiveness: 4. The structure of interest groups; 5. Political resources of interest groups; 6. The political role of interest groups; 7. The political effectiveness of interest groups; Part III. The Structure and Process of Elite Accommodation: 8. Patterns of elite accommodation; 9. The structure of elite interaction; 10. Socioeconomic bases of elite accommodation; 11. Ideological and cognitive and effective continuities; 12. The structure of variance; Part IV. Interest Groups in the Canadian Political System: 13. The consequences of elite accommodation; A methodological note; Index.

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