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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: 9780774837941
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Series: Communication, Strategy, and Politics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.90(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

Foreword by Susan Delacourt

Part 1: Introduction
1. Political Elites in the Age of Digital Media / Alex Marland, Andrea Lawlor, and Thierry Giasson
2. Tips and Tactics for Securing Interviews with Political Elites / Alex Marland and Anna Esselment

Part 2: Governmental Political Elites
3. The Intersection of Public Policy and Digital Communication: The Federal Government Vantage Point / Robert P. Shepherd and Bryan Evans
4. Political Staff and Permanent Public Servants: Still Getting Along / Jennifer Robson and R. Paul Wilson
5. Gender, Tone, and Content of Premiers’ News Coverage: A Matched Comparison / Melanee Thomas, Allison Harell, and Tania Gosselin
6. From Elitism to Idealization: The Representation of Premiers in Social Media Videos / J. P. Lewis and Stéphanie Yates
7. Supreme Court Judges: Traditional Elite Roles in a Digital Age / Erin Crandall

Part 3: Non‑Governmental Political Elites
8. Communication as the Workhouse of Government Politics: The Liberal Party Leader and the Liberal Caucus / Cristine de Clercy
9. Political Strategists in Canada / Jamie Gillies and David Coletto
10. Hybridity and Mobility: Media Elite Status on Political Twitter Hashtags / Geneviève Chacon, Andrea Lawlor, and Thierry Giasson
11. Scandals and Screenshots: Social Media Elites in Canadian Politics / Fenwick McKelvey, Marianne Coté, and Vincent Raynauld
12. The National Message, the Local Tour: Candidates’ Use of Twitter during the 2015 Canadian Election / Julie Killin and Tamara A. Small
13. Going Digital: Non‑Profit Organizations in a Transformed Media Environment / Rachel Laforest

Part 4: Conclusion
14. Emerging Voices, Evolving Concerns / Andre


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