Political Elites in Canada offers a timely look at Canadian politics and how power brokers are adapting to a fast-paced digital media environment. Elite power structures are changing worldwide, and the rise and fall of political influencers permeates national headlines. In many areas, traditional elites are losing authority over prevailing social, economic, and political structures. Communication between and among elites and citizens is having dramatic implications for political institutions and governance. This volume explores the changing landscape of power brokers, the ascent of new elites, and how these groups are using digital communication to connect with Canadians in unprecedented ways. Featuring empirical studies of governmental decision makers in the public service, such as political staff and public servants, premiers, and judges, and non-governmental influence brokers, such as social media commentators and non-profit organizations, this collection is a much-needed synthesis of elite politics in Canada.
By Susan Delacourt
Part 1: Introduction
1 Political Elites in the Age of Digital Media / Alex Marland, Andrea Lawlor, and Thierry Giasson
2 Tips and Tactics for Securing Interviews with Political Elites / Alex Marland and Anna Esselment
Part 2: Governmental Political Elites
3 The Intersection of Public Policy and Digital Communication: The Federal Government Vantage Point / Robert P. Shepherd and Bryan Evans
4 Political Staff and Permanent Public Servants: Still Getting Along / Jennifer Robson and R. Paul Wilson
5 Gender, Tone, and Content of Premiers’ News Coverage: A Matched Comparison / Melanee Thomas, Allison Harell, and Tania Gosselin
6 From Elitism to Idealization: The Representation of Premiers in Social Media Videos / J.P. Lewis and Stéphanie Yates
7 Supreme Court Judges: Traditional Elite Roles in a Digital Age / Erin Crandall
Part 3: Non-Governmental Political Elites
8 Communication as the Workhouse of Government Politics: The Liberal Party Leader and the Liberal Caucus / Cristine de Clercy
9 Political Strategists in Canada / Jamie Gillies and David Coletto
10 Hybridity and Mobility: Media Elite Status on Political Twitter Hashtags / Geneviève Chacon, Andrea Lawlor, and Thierry Giasson
11 Scandals and Screenshots: Social Media Elites in Canadian Politics / Fenwick McKelvey, Marianne Côté, and Vincent Raynauld
12 The National Message, the Local Tour: Candidates’ Use of Twitter during the 2015 Canadian Election / Julie Killin and Tamara A. Small
13 Going Digital: Non-Profit Organizations in a Transformed Media Environment / Rachel Laforest
Part 4: Conclusion
14 Emerging Voices, Evolving Concerns / Andrea Lawlor, Alex Marland, and Thierry Giasson
Alex Marland is a professor of political science at Memorial University. He is the author of Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control, which won the Donner Prize for best public policy book by a Canadian, and Whipped: Party Discipline in Canada, which was shortlisted for the Writer’s Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
Thierry Giasson is a professor of political science at Université Laval. He is the director of the Groupe de recherche en communication politique based at Université Laval and an associate member at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. He is a past president of the Société québécoise de science politique. He is coeditor, with Alex Marland, of the Communication, Strategy, and Politics series at UBC Press.
Contributors: Kaija Belfry Munroe, Kody Blois, Matthew Bondy, Colette Brin, Thomas Collombat, François Cormier, Erin Crandall, Cristine de Clercy, Brooks DeCillia, Myriam Descarreaux, Anna Lennox Esselment, Holly Ann Garnett, Royce Koop, Mireille Lalancette, J.P. Lewis, Richard Maksymetz, Gillian Maurice, H.D. Munroe, Anthony Ozorai, Vincent Raynauld, Jacob Robbins-Kanter, Anthony Sayers, Tamara Small, Angelia Wagner, Jared Wesley, Paul Wilson, Stéphanie Yates