CPEP is in the field...
The Comparative Provincial Election Project (CPEP) seizes an unprecedented opportunity to study the quality of democracy in six provincial elections (and counting). Fixed election dates in 2011-2012 have provided researchers with a natural laboratory for coordinated, relatively-controlled, and replicable comparison of provincial politics in Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Alberta. Plans and funds are in place to complete this analysis in Quebec, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia in the coming years.
With a view to both understanding and helping Canadians to address the country's civic culture, the research team will use its combined expertise to assess whether the depth of Canada's "democratic deficit" differs from province to province, and provide explanations for any variations. Answers to these queries will provide valuable lessons for academics, officials, and citizens intent on increasing the level of political engagement and satisfaction across Canada.
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