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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Fighting for Votes

Parties, the Media, and Voters in an Ontario Election

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Fighting for Votes

Parties, the Media, and Voters in an Ontario Election

Elections are not just about who casts ballots – they reflect the citizens, parties, media, and history of an electorate. Fighting for Votes examines how these factors interacted during a recent Ontario election. Drawing on a wealth of sources, the authors ask three questions: How do parties position themselves to appeal to voters? How is information from and about parties transmitted to voters? How do voters respond to the information around them? The result is a sophisticated analysis of how parties influence voters in an era when new media is reshaping the electoral landscape.


248 pages


Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 The Political and Economic Setting

3 The Run-Up to 2011

4 The Campaign

5 The Parties’ Campaign Messages

6 From 1.0 to 2.0: The Online Campaign

7 The Leaders’ Debate

8 The Parties’ Campaign Strategies

9 At the Races: The Toronto Star’s Coverage of the Election

10 Did the Parties’ Campaign Efforts Affect Voters?

11 Vote Choice

12 Fighting for Votes

Appendix

Notes

References

Index

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