Dynasties and Interludes: Past and Present in Canadian by Jon H. Pammett, Lawrence LeDuc, André Turcotte, Judith I.

By Jon H. Pammett, Lawrence LeDuc, André Turcotte, Judith I. McKenzie

Dynasties and Interludes offers a finished and exact review of elections and vote casting in Canada from Confederation to the hot spate of minority governments. Its vital argument is that the Canadian political panorama has consisted of lengthy sessions of hegemony of a unmarried occasion and/or chief (dynasties), punctuated by means of brief, sharp disruptions led to by means of the surprising upward push of recent events, leaders, or social events (interludes).

Changes within the composition of the citizens and within the expertise and professionalization of election campaigns also are tested during this ebook, either to supply a greater knowing of key turning issues in Canadian heritage and a deeper interpretation of present-day electoral politics.

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It is possible, as in Finland, for the number of seats assigned to a political party to be determined by the sum of votes received by candidates on an individual basis. The elector is then voting for a candidate and not a party (Raunio 2005; Taagepera 1994). 9. org/report-types/freedom-world (accessed February 29, 2012). 10. The opposite effect can also be argued: a low threshold of representation favours the parliamentary representation of small parties for which women are often candidates. However, this argument suffers from an important weakness: since small parties achieve only a few seats each, it is likely that these seats will be given to men, as men are more likely to be the party leaders and thus at the top of each list.

Finally, the case of Japan illustrates the importance (maybe even the precedence) of cultural variables over socioeconomic and political factors in understanding the proportion of women in parliaments. Analysis of each of the countries examined in this work shares a common format of four sections, in addition to the introductions and conclusions: ● ● ● ● Description of the voting system: The objective of this section is to describe the voting system used to elect members to the lower or single house of the national parliament.

In terms of descriptive representation, a legislative assembly is said to be representative if its makeup constitutes a miniaturized model or a microcosm of society. Consequently, it is argued that women are equal citizens and therefore should share, equally with men, public decision-making positions; otherwise, there is a representation deficit. While this is not a new view of representation, it has gathered momentum in recent years. If, historically, the discussion of political representation excluded women, today it is impossible to imagine it proceeding without addressing the political representation of women.

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