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Issue 30 Book Reviews

The May 2011 federal election was a political watershed. In Inroads 30, some of Canada’s most knowledgeable observers reflect on what changed in Canadian politics as a result of the election. Reg Whitaker concludes that there is a centre-left majority in Canada that requires cooperation between the Liberals and the NDP for effective political expression. Garth Stevenson argues that the NDP’s imperative is not to cooperate with the Liberals but to displace them permanently as a viable alternative to the governing Conservatives. Dominic Cardy looks to the way Tony Blair transformed the British Labour Party for a model of how the NDP needs to change. Focusing on the Conservatives, Tom Flanagan suggests that Quebec will no longer drive the federal political agenda.

 

 

 

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Youth and the democratic deficit

Milner and Howe's research offers valuable confirmation that young citizens are largely tuned out of politics, and ill-prepared for elections. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Jared Wesley
 

 
 
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The political codes of the prairies

By repeating certain themes during provincial campaign rituals, the parties in the prairies established and perpetuated powerful codes that continue to shape the nature of each province’s politics. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by David McGrane
 

 

 
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As ripe for storytelling as Dickens’s London: Novels inspired by South Asian cities

Five of the world’s ten largest cities are in South Asia. They display jarring extremes of abject poverty and extreme wealth, of ancient communal conflicts and newfound industrial productivity. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by John Richards