Citizens are central to any meaningful definition of democracy. What does it say about the health of Canadian democracy when fewer citizens than ever are exercising their right to vote and party membership rolls are shrinking? Are increasingly well-educated citizens turning away from traditional electoral politics in favour of other forms of democratic engagement or are they simply withdrawing from political participation altogether?
The first comprehensive assessment of citizen engagement in Canada, this volume raises challenging questions about the interests and capabilities of Canadians as democratic citizens, as well as the performance of our democratic institutions. It is essential reading for politicians and policy-makers, students and scholars of Canadian politics, and all those who care about the quality of Canadian democracy.
The authors are all professors of political science. Elisabeth Gidengil is at McGill University, Andre Blais and Richard Nadeau are at Universite de Montreal, and Neil 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