POL462H1: Parties and Party Systems: A Canadian Perspective


The course examines the central political science theories of parties and party systems with a particular focus on the origins and evolution of party politics in Canada.  It covers classic and contemporary theories of party formation, organization, and competition.  Topics include the thesis of party decline, mass-elite dynamics, the emergence of new parties, and political polarization.

Recommended Preparation: 

A course in European or American politics; POL314H1

Distribution Requirements: 
Social Science
Breadth Requirements: 
Society and its Institutions (3)