The Canadian Election Studies

Assessing Four Decades of Influence

Edited by Mebs Kanji, Antoine Bilodeau, and Thomas Scotto

  • Published: 2012. Paperback 2013
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 224 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Why do Canadians vote the way they do? For more than 40 years, the primary objective of the ongoing Canadian Election Studies (CES) has been to investigate that question - to explain what makes people decide to vote (or not to vote), what makes them decide who to support, and why parties gain or lose ground from one election to another. After more than four decades of gathering and analyzing data, principal investigators of the CES come together in this volume to document the history of these surveys and consider their future.

This wide-ranging collection of essays provides useful background and insights on the relevance of the CES. Contributors outline how the CES project began and how far it has come, assess the quantity and types of data that have been collected, and explore the theoretical and methodological developments that have transpired since the Studies' inception. Looking toward the future, they discuss what we have yet to investigate, highlight the challenges that lie ahead, and lend some long-range perspective to the debate about where to steer the CES in the years ahead.
Mebs Kanji is an associate professor of politicalscience at Concordia University. Antoine Bilodeau isan associate professor of political science at Concordia University.Thomas J. Scotto is a reader in government at theUniversity of Essex.
Introduction: Four Decades of Canadian Election Studies /Mebs Kanji, Antoine Bilodeau, and Thomas J. Scotto

Part 1: The Narrative

1 Point of Departure, 1965 / John Meisel

2 Theoretical Perspectives in the Canadian Election Studies /Mildred A. Schwartz

3 To Ann Arbor ... and Back: A Comparative Perspective onElection Studies / Lawrence LeDuc

4 Advancements in Methodology: A Recurring Process / ThomasJ. Scotto, Mebs Kanji, and Antoine Bilodeau

5 The Relevance and Future of the Canadian Election Studies /Richard Johnston and Andrlanger

9 The Structural Bases of Canadian Party Preference: Evolutionand Cross-National Comparison / Richard Johnston

10 The Valence Politics Model of Electoral Choice / HaroldD. Clarke and Allan Kornberg

11 Voting Turnout in a System of Multi-Level Governance /Jon H. Pammett

Part 3: Conclusion

12 The Future of the Canadian Election Studies / AntoineBilodeau, Thomas J. Scotto, and Mebs Kanji

Appendix: Four Decades of Publications Based on the CanadianElection Studies