Political Elites in Canada: Power and Influence in Instantaneous Times

Political Elites in Canada: Power and Influence in Instantaneous Times


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Political Elites in Canada offers a timely look at Canadian political powerbrokers and how they are adapting to a fast‑paced digital media environment. Elite power structures are changing worldwide, with traditional influencers losing authority over prevailing social, economic, and political structures. This volume explores the changing landscape for traditional power brokers, the ascent of new elites, and how they are using digital communication to connect with Canadians in unprecedented ways. Featuring empirical studies of governmental decision makers in the public service and political influencers such as social media commentators, this collection is a much‑needed synthesis of elite politics in Canada.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774837934
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Series: Communication, Strategy, and Politics Series
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alex Marland is professor of political science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Thierry Giasson is professor of political science at Université Laval. Andrea Lawlor is associate professor of political science at King’s University College, Western University. Contributors: Geneviève Chacon, David Coletto, Marianne Coté, Erin Crandall, Cristine de Clercy, Susan Delacourt, Anna Esselment, Bryan Evans, Jamie Gillies, Tania Gosselin, Allison Harell, Julie Killin, Rachel Laforest, J.P. Lewis, Fenwick McKelvey, Vincent Raynauld, Jennifer Robson, Robert P. Shepherd, Tamara A. Small, Melanee Thomas, R. Paul Wilson, and Stéphanie Yates

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii

Foreword Susan Delacourt ix

Acknowledgments xiv

List of Abbreviations xvi

Part 1 Introduction

1 Political Elites in the Age of Digital Media Alex Marland Andrea Lawlor Thierry Giasson 5

2 Tips and Tactics for Securing Interviews with Political Elites Alex Marland Anna Esselment 29

Part 2 Governmental Political Elites

3 The Intersection of Public Policy and Digital Communications: The Federal Government Vantage Point Robert P. Shepherd Bryan Evans 51

4 Political Staff and Permanent Public Servants: Still Getting Along Jennifer Robson R. Paul Wilson 71

5 Gender, Tone, and Content of Premiers' News Coverage: A Matched Comparison Melanee Thomas Allison Harell Tania Gosselin 89

6 From Elitism to Idealization: The Representation of Premiers in Social Media Videos J.P. Lewis Stephanie Yates 109

7 Supreme Court Judges: Traditional Elite Roles in a Digital Age Erin Crandall 128

Part 3 Non-Governmental Political Elites

8 Communications as the Workhorse of Governmental Politics: The Liberal Party Leader and the Liberal Caucus Cristine de Clercy 151

9 Political Strategists in Canada Jamie Gillies David Coletto 168

10 Hybridity and Mobility: Media Elite Status on Political Twitter Hashtags Geneviève Chacon Andrea Lawlor Thierry Giasson 184

11 Scandals and Screenshots: Social Media Elites in Canadian Politics Fenwick McKelvey Marianne Coté Vincent Raynauld 204

12 The National Message, the Local Tour: Candidates' Use of Twitter during the 2015 Canadian Election Julie Killin Tamara A. Small 223

13 Going Digital: Non-Profit Organizations in a Transformed Media Environment Rachel Laforest 243

Part 4 Conclusion

14 Emerging Voices, Evolving Concerns Andrea Lawlor Alex Marland Thierry Giasson 263

Glossary 288

List of Contributors 296

Index 300

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