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Revisiting democracy : Canada's quest for a more participatory form of representative government

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Revisiting democracy : Canada's quest for a more participatory form of representative government

Knyszynski, Ronald A (2000) Revisiting democracy : Canada's quest for a more participatory form of representative government. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This treatise is a political exploration of Canadian legislative and representational institutions and why they are not performing in the way they should be. In an effort to promote a citizen based democracy and avoid the further deterioration in relations between government and the citizens they claim to represent, four institutional and legislative reforms are suggested in an effort to reconcile basic democratic principles with realities of Canadian political life. These reforms are: (1) recall, (2) loosening party discipline and introducing more votes, (3) referendums, and (4) electoral reform. Although it is hypothesized that all four reforms would provide Canadians with a more participatory form of representative government, empirical and qualitative evidence reveals that these hopes are certainly delusive and must be re-examined. Instead, it is concluded that loosening party discipline and introducing more votes coupled with reforming the electoral system have the greatest chance of creating a more vibrant democracy in which governments would still exert necessary leadership on policy issues while citizens would be given necessary opportunities to participate in the political process. Unfortunately, as positive as this form of inclusionary politics sounds, reality dictates that unless both sides adopt different attitudes as to the true meaning of representative democracy, Canada's quest for a more participatory form of representative government will fail.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Political Science
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Knyszynski, Ronald A
Pagination:vi, 279 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Political Science
Date:2000
Thesis Supervisor(s):Williams, Blair
ID Code:1021
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:16
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:18
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