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Canada at the Polls 2019: A New Mandate?

October 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Location:A602 Loeb Building

With the Canadian federal election now upon us, Absent Mandate offers a well-timed insight into Canadian voting behaviour. The authors develop the crucial concept of policy mandates – distinguished from other interpretations of election outcomes – and addresses the disconnect between election issues and government actions. In this talk, the authors Dr. Jon Pammett and Dr. Lawrence LeDuc discuss the 2019 election: what we can expect to see? Has anything really changed since elections back in 1965? And are Canadian electoral politics now following a new, or even unfamiliar, path?

Harold D. Clarke, Jane Jenson, Lawrence LeDuc, and Jon H. Pammett, Absent Mandate:Strategies and Choices in Canadian Elections, University of Toronto Press, 2019.

Dr. Jon Pammett is a Distinguished Research Professor in Political Science at Carleton University. His research interests are centred in the fields of voting behaviour, declines in voter participation, political education, and socialization.  He is the co-author of Dynasties and Interludes: Past and Present in Canadian Electoral Politics (2016), Political Choice in Canada and three editions of Absent Mandate, as well as numerous journal articles on elections.  He is co-editor and contributor to The Canadian Federal Election of 2015, as well as earlier volumes in this series since the election of 1988.  He is co-editor and contributor to Activating the Citizen: Dilemmas of Participation in Europe and Canada (Palgrave, 2009).

Dr. Lawrence LeDuc is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His publications include The Politics of Direct Democracy, Comparing Democracies (with Richard G. Niemi and Pippa Norris), Dynasties and Interludes: Past and Present in Canadian Electoral Politics (with Jon H. Pammett, Judith I. McKenzie and André Turcotte), and Absent Mandate (with Harold D. Clarke, Jane Jenson and Jon H. Pammett) as well as articles on voting, elections and related topics in North American and European Political Science journals. In 2015, Professor LeDuc received the Mildred A. Schwartz lifetime achievement award from the Canadian politics section of the American Political Science Association.