An overview of the history of elections and voting in Canada, from minority governments and dynasties to social movements and the changing face of elections.
Dynasties and Interludes provides a comprehensive and unique overview of elections and voting in Canada from Confederation to the most recent election. Its principal argument is that the Canadian political landscape has consisted of long periods of hegemony of a single party and/or leader (dynasties), punctuated by short, sharp disruptions brought about by the sudden rise of new parties, leaders, or social movements (interludes).
Changes in the composition of the electorate and in the technology and professionalization of election campaigns are also examined in this book, to provide both a better understanding of key turning points in Canadian history and a deeper interpretation of present-day electoral politics.
This revised and updated 2nd edition includes and analysis of the results of the 2011 and 2015 federal elections as well as in in-depth discussion of the “Harper Dynasty.”