POL224Y1 Lecture 6: Party Systems, Political Behaviour and Vote Choice

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Party systems, political behaviour, vote choice (continued from lecture 5) Question: why had no labour party equivalent manifest in canada during its early years: other cleavages took precedence over social class. E. g. religion, language, region: brokerage theory. Idea that canadian parties could include many demographics and sectors of society. Particularly explains the surge of liberal presence within canada"s political history: hartz" fragment theory. Three fragments of old european culture; feudal, liberal, radical. This theory says that the absence of a workers" party in north american systems is explained by how the radical fragment of european culture never made it there: horowitz theory. Contrasting the canadian party system and the american system. Despite their stances in recent decades, the democrats are actually the party of the right throughout america"s history. 2016-10-24: from 1792-1820, parties were divided between jeffersonians (democrat- Republicans) and federalists (remnant tories: in the 1820s-1850s, the federalists disappeared while democrats within.

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