Democratic Reform: The Search for Guiding Principles

F. Leslie Seidle

in The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Democratic Reform: The Search for Guiding Principles

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This article discusses the continuing efforts of Canada in reforming its political institutions to emulate a representative government and a democratized government. It discusses the objectives and principles underlying the pressures for the democratic reform of the nation. The core of the article is the analysis of the several measures taken by Canada to reform the senate, the electoral system, and the regulation of political finance and related matters. The article concludes with a discussion of why, despite considerable efforts, the changes sought have not come about in the first two areas.

Keywords: democratic reform; reform; senate; electoral system; political finance; objectives and principles

Article.  9480 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Theory

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