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Voting Behaviour in Canada

Can election results be explained, given that each ballot reflects the influence of countless impressions, decisions, and attachments? Leading young scholars of political behaviour piece together a comprehensive portrait of the modern Canadian voter to reveal the challenges of understanding election results. By systematically exploring the long-standing attachments, short-term influences, and proximate factors that influence our behaviour in the voting booth, this theoretically grounded and methodologically advanced collection sheds new light on the choices we make as citizens and provides important insights into recent national developments.

320 pages

Table of Contents

1 The Puzzle of Elections and Voting in Canada / Cameron D. Anderson and Laura B. Stephenson

Part 1: Long-Standing Attachments and Voting

2 Who Votes for Women Candidates and Why? Evidence from Recent Canadian Elections / Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant

3 The New Immigrant Voter, 1965-2004: The Emergence of a New Liberal Partisan? / Antoine Bilodeau and Mebs Kanji

4 The Catholic-Liberal Connection: A Test of Strength / Laura B. Stephenson

5 Parties and Partisans: The Influence of Ideology and Brokerage on the Durability of Partisanship in Canada / Éric Bélanger and Laura B. Stephenson

Part 2: Short-Term Influences on Voting Behaviour

6 Economic Voting in Canada: Assessing the Effects of Subjective Perceptions and Electoral Context / Cameron D. Anderson

7 Third-Party Support in Canadian Elections: The Role of the Economy / Éric Bélanger and Richard Nadeau

8 Personality Matters: The Evaluation of Party Leaders in Canadian Elections / Amanda Bittner

Part 3: Proximate Considerations in Vote Choice

9 Enlightenment, Equalization, or What? Campaigns, Learning, and the Economy in Canadian Elections / J. Scott Matthews

10 Election Campaign Polls and Democracy in Canada: Examining the Evidence behind the Common Claims / Mark Pickup

11 Reflecting on Lessons from the Canadian Voter / Cameron D. Anderson and Laura B.Stephenson


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