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2. Research Methodology and Choice of Ridings
3. Classifying Nominations
4. Nominations and Democracy
5. Campaign Teams
6. Toeing the Party Line
7. The Local Contest
8. Winning Campaigns
9. Losing Campaigns
10. Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns in Canadian Elections
This important contribution to the study of Canadian electionsforcefully argues that knowledge of the dynamics at the local level isessential to a full understanding of Canadian polity, its underlyingsocial basis, and the factors that determine successful electioncampaigns.
Anthony M. Sayers teaches in the Department ofPolitical Science at the University of Calgary.
Sayers' insistence on the continued vitality and importance of
local political forces is refreshingly counterorthodox ... The book
is richly suggestive of hypotheses to guide further work in the
area ... It reveals much of interest to students of elections, but
he also deepens appreciation of the important role played by local
party associations in the operation of Canada's system of
representative democracy. As such, Sayers' work deserves a wide
audience amongst students of Canadian elections and political
parties. -- Munroe Eagles * Canadian Journal of Political Science
... a welcome contribution to this growing literature ... this is a careful study of a heretofore neglected area of Canadian politics. It makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of Canadian parties as well expanding our appreciation of how elections work in Canada. -- Lynda Erickson * Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 35, No. 1 *
The strength of this study is a systematic theoretical approach to the development of testable hypotheses. Future studies of constituency-level politics will likely make use of the framework developed in this book. -- Eric P. Mintz * CBRA 4071 *