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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Grassroots Politicians

Party Activists in British Columbia

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Grassroots Politicians

Party Activists in British Columbia

Grassroots Politicians is the first systematic account of party activists at the provincial level in Canada. To understand the pattern of political polarization in British Columbia, the authors examine the values and beliefs of those at the party cores -- the people behind the party images who elect leaders, nominate candidates, and work in electoral campaigns. In the New Democratic Party they play a crucial role in determining policy, in the Social Credit they help to shape party direction and governing style by their choice of leader, and, among the Liberals, they form the small band that keeps the party alive in the province.

168 pages


Table of Contents

Tables and Figures

Preface

1. The Polarization of BC Politics

2. Party Activists in British Columbia

3. Continuity and Change: Party Activists, 1973-87

4. Social Credit: Pragmatic Coalition or Ideological Right?

5. The New Democrats: What Kind of Left?

6. The Liberals: Centre or Fringe?

7. Leadership Selection in the BC Parties

8. The Social Credit Grassroots Recapture Their Party

9. Resisting Polarization: The Survival of the Liberals

10. Towards the Centre?: The Dynamics of Two-Party Competition

Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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