The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada's Electoral System
The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada's Electoral System is a timely examination of Canada's voting system by one of Canada's leading authorities on electoral reform. In a clear, accessible style, Dennis Pilon presents the various issues, debates, and consequences surrounding how we vote, and what our options are. Drawing on historical and comparative perspectives (from countries such as New Zealand, Ireland, Israel, and Italy, as well as his intimate knowledge of the 2005 referendum in British Columbia), Pilon explains why our current system fails to provide Canadians with proper democratic representation, and examines the myths and political influences that have held back change.
A must-read for anyone interested in or studying Canadian politics, this will be a welcome resource for study at many levels: Introductory Canadian Politics courses, upper-year undergraduate courses in elections and voting systems or provincial politics, as well as graduate level studies.
- Chapter 1: Introducing the Politics of Voting
- Chapter 2: Why Voting Systems Matter
- Chapter 3: Investigating Plurality
- Chapter 4: Exploring Proportional Representation
- Chapter 5: Explaining Canadian and Comparative Voting System Choices
- Chapter 6: The Politics of Choosing
- Chapter 7: Debating the PR Alternatives: STV versus MMP
- Chapter 8: Debating Voting System Effects
- Chapter 9: Conclusion
- Glossary of Key Terms