Political Elites in Canada

Power and Influence in Instantaneous Times

Edited by Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson, and Andrea Lawlor

  • Published: 2018. Paperback March 2019
  • Subject Listing: Politics; Film and Media Studies; History / Canadian History
  • Bibliographic information: 340 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Political Elites in Canada offers a timely look at Canadian political powerbrokers and how they are adapting to a fast paced digital media environment. Elite power structures are changing worldwide, with traditional influencers losing authority over prevailing social, economic, and political structures. This volume explores the changing landscape for traditional power brokers, the ascent of new elites, and how they are using digital communication to connect with Canadians in unprecedented ways. Featuring empirical studies of governmental decision makers in the public service and political influencers such as social media commentators, this collection is a much needed synthesis of elite politics in Canada.
Alex Marland is professor of political science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Thierry Giasson is professor of political science at Université Laval. Andrea Lawlor is associate professor of political science at King's University College, Western University. Contributors: Geneviève Chacon, David Coletto, Marianne Coté, Erin Crandall, Cristine de Clercy, Susan Delacourt, Anna Esselment, Bryan Evans, Jamie Gillies, Tania Gosselin, Allison Harell, Julie Killin, Rachel Laforest, J.P. Lewis, Fenwick McKelvey, Vincent Raynauld, Jennifer Robson, Robert P. Shepherd, Tamara A. Small, Melanee Thomas, R. Paul Wilson, and Stéphanie Yates
Foreword by Susan Delacourt

Part 1: Introduction
1. Political Elites in the Age of Digital Media / Alex Marland, Andrea Lawlor, and Thierry Giasson
2. Tips and Tactics for Securing Interviews with Political Elites / Alex Marland and Anna Esselment

Part 2: Governmental Political Elites
3. The Intersection of Public Policy and Digital Communication: The Federal Government Vantage Point / Robert P. Shepherd and Bryan Evans
4. Political Staff and Permanent Public Servants: Still Getting Along / Jennifer Robson and R. Paul Wilson
5. Gender, Tone, and Content of Premiers' News Coverage: A Matched Comparison / Melanee Thomas, Allison Harell, and Tania Gosselin
6. From Elitism to Idealization: The Representation of Premiers in Social Media Videos / J. P. Lewis and Stve Chacon, Andrea Lawlor, and Thierry Giasson
11. Scandals and Screenshots: Social Media Elites in Canadian Politics / Fenwick McKelvey, Marianne Coté, and Vincent Raynauld
12. The National Message, the Local Tour: Candidates' Use of Twitter during the 2015 Canadian Election / Julie Killin and Tamara A. Small
13. Going Digital: Non Profit Organizations in a Transformed Media Environment / Rachel Laforest

Part 4: Conclusion
14. Emerging Voices, Evolving Concerns / Andre