Citizens are central to any meaningful definition of democracy. Whatdoes it say about the health of Canadian democracy when fewer citizensthan ever are exercising their right to vote and party membership rollsare shrinking? Are increasingly well-educated citizens turning awayfrom traditional electoral politics in favour of other forms ofdemocratic engagement or are they simply withdrawing from politicalparticipation altogether?
The first comprehensive assessment of citizen engagement in Canada,this volume raises challenging questions about the interests andcapabilities of Canadians as democratic citizens, as well as theperformance of our democratic institutions. It is essential reading forpoliticians and policy-makers, students and scholars of Canadianpolitics, and all those who care about the quality of Canadiandemocracy.
The authors are all professors of political science. ElisabethGidengil is at McGill University, Andre Blaisand Richard Nadeau are at Universite de Montreal, andNeil Nevitte is at the University of Toronto.
Figures Foreword 1. Auditing Democratic Citizenship 2. How Much Attention Do Canadians Pay to Politics? 3. What Do Canadians Know About Politics? 4. Can Canadians Get By with Less Information? 5. How Much Do Canadians Participate in Politics? 6. How Civic-Minded Are Canadians? 7. Engaging Canadians Discussion Questions Additional Reading Works Cited Index