Canada is often held up as an example of a healthy democracy. However, the Canadian public is less enthusiastic about the way our democracy works. This first-of-a-kind book approaches the “democratic deficit” from the perspective of everyday Canadians and assesses the performance of Parliament and the media in light of their perceptions and expectations. In doing so, a number of chapters highlight the disjuncture between perceptions and performance. Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up is essential for anyone who would like to learn how to build a better democracy – one that meets the expectations of the Canadian public.
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Other titles by Elisabeth Gidengil
Take a Number
How Citizens' Encounters with Government Shape Political Engagement
Provincial Battles, National Prize?
Elections in a Federal State
Multi-Level Electoral Politics
Beyond the Second-Order Election Model
Women's Political Behaviour
Opinions, Participation and Protest in English Speaking Canada
Dominance and Decline
Making Sense of Recent Canadian Elections