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Politics and ideology in Canada [electronic resource] : elite and public opinion in the transformation of a welfare state /
Michael Ornstein and H. Michael Stevenson.
Montreal ; London ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1999.
viii, 497 p. ; 24 cm.
0773518290 (acid-free paper)
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Montreal ; London ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1999.
0773518290 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [471]-490) and index.
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"[Politics and Ideology in Canada] is a very substantial and important piece of work. It is replete with thoughtful analysis, both conceptual and empirical. It pushes forward, significantly, the literature on the State and ideology ... This is a model for how empirical work in the area should be done; it is a model for how theoretical and empirical work may be joined with strong effect." Jim Curtis, Department of Sociology, University of Waterloo.
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Main Description
A wide-ranging analysis of public and elite attitudes reveals a hegemonic order through the early 1980s, built around public support for the institutions of the Canadian welfare state. But there was also widespread public alienation from politics. Public opinion was quite strongly linked to class but not to party politics. Regional variation in political ideology on a broad range of issues was less pronounced than differences between Quebec and English Canada. Much deeper ideological divisions separated the elites, with a dramatic polarization between corporate and labour respondents. State elites fell between these two, though generally more favourable to capital. The responses of the business elites reveal the ideological roots of the Mulroney years in support for cuts in social programs, free trade, privatization, and deregulation.
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Winner of the Harold Adams Innis Prize, Politics and Ideology in Canada examines a period of crucial historical change in Canada, beginning in the mid-1970s when the crisis of the Keynesian welfare state precipitated a transition to a new political order based on the progressive "downsizing" of state involvement in the economy and society. Using class and ideology as key concepts, Michael Ornstein and Michael Stevenson examine this transition in terms of the nature of hegemony and hegemonic crisis and the conditions of political order and instability. These concepts guide the interpretation of three large surveys of representative samples of the Canadian public and two unique elite surveys, conducted between 1975 and 1981.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
Theory, Context, and Methods
The Problem of Hegemony in Theory and History: An Introductionp. 23
Ideological Divisions in Capitalist Society: Competing Perspectives in Political Sociologyp. 56
Class, Ideology, and Survey Research: Methods and Operational Approachesp. 91
Public Ideology
Popular Ideology in Canada: The Contours of Public Opinionp. 137
Class, Region, and Ideology in Canada: The Structure of Ideological Divisionsp. 183
Party and Ideology in Canada: The Mediation of Conflictp. 247
Elite Ideology
State Power and Elite Ideologyp. 277
Ideology and Representation: Elite and Public Attitudesp. 311
Elite Divisions and Class Rulep. 339
Social Background, Careers, and Elite Ideology in Canadap. 385
Conclusionsp. 417
Implementing Marxist Concepts of Class and Comparing Alternative Class Structuresp. 437
Ideological Constraint: The Structure of Public Ideologyp. 458
Description of Scales Measuring the Political Ideology of Elitesp. 467
Referencesp. 471
Indexp. 491
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