Political Parties and the Electoral System

Richard Johnston

in The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195335354
Published online September 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Political Parties and the Electoral System

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This article discusses political parties and the electoral system in Canada. It provides a literature that outlines the controversies of the party system of the nation. The article discusses the one-party dominance in Canadian politics, the volatility of political parties, the policy differences among parties, the weak social foundations that result in weak policy differences, the archaic divisions, the class basis, geography, federal–provincial gaps, and multipartism. It also discusses the fractionalization of the electorate, the polarized pluralism within the cultural dimension of the nation, the weakness of NDP, class politics, and the federal–provincial divergences within the province.

Keywords: political parties; electoral system; party system; one-party dominance; politics; policy differences; weak social foundations; federal–provincial gaps; multipartism; electorate

Article.  8168 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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