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Political Elites in Canada

Power and Influence in Instantaneous Times

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Political Elites in Canada

Power and Influence in Instantaneous Times

Political Elites in Canada offers a timely look at Canadian political power brokers 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 power brokers, the ascent of new elites, and how they are using digital communication to connect with Canadians in unprecedented ways. Featuring studies of governmental decision makers in the public service and non-governmental influence brokers, such as social media commentators, this collection is a much-needed synthesis of elite politics in Canada.

Table of Contents


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 Côté, 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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