Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9780774809184 Published January 2005 For sale in USA only
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Elections

John C. Courtney,

Elections

John C. Courtney,

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

224 pages
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9780774809184 Published January 2005 For sale in USA only
Cloth $93.95 ISBN: 9780774809177 Published February 2004 For sale in USA only

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 share 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.

Contents

Figures and Tables

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1 The Rules of the Electoral Game

2 Who Can Vote?

3 From Gerrymandering to Independence: Territorially-Based Districts

4 Registering Voters

5 Electoral Machinery: From Partisanship to Professionalism

6 Representation, Plurality Voting, and Democratic Deficit

7 Auditing Canada’s Electoral Democracy Discussion Questions

Appendix: Three Challenges and Possible Reforms

Glossary

Works Cited

Index

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