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published: Jan 2020
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What’s Trending in Canadian Politics?

Understanding Transformations in Power, Media, and the Public Sphere

edited by Mireille Lalancette; Vincent Raynauld & Erin Crandall

tagged: elections, media & internet, political parties

What trends are shaping contemporary political communication and behaviour in Canada, and where are they heading? What’s Trending in Canadian Politics? examines political communication and democratic governance in a digital age. Exploring the effects of conventional and emerging political communication practices in Canada, contributors investigate the uses of digital media for political communication, grassroots-driven protest, public behaviour prediction, and relationships between members of civil society and the political establishment. Original and timely, this interdisciplinary volume lays robust theoretical and methodological foundations for the study of transformative trends in Canadian political communication.

About the Authors

Mireille Lalancette

Vincent Raynauld

Erin Crandall

Contributor Notes

Mireille Lalancette is a political communication professor at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. With Marie-Josée Drolet and Marie-Ève Caty, she is the author of ABC de l’argumentation: Pour les professionnels de la santé et toute autre personne qui souhaite convaincre. She is also a researcher for the Groupe de Recherche en Communication Politique. Her work has appeared in various scientific publications and edited collections in English and in French. Vincent Raynauld is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College, Boston, and an affiliate professor in the Département de lettres et communication sociale at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He is also a research associate in the Groupe de Recherche en Communication Politique. Erin Crandall is an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at Acadia University, Nova Scotia. Her work has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, Public Policy and Administration, and the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, among other publications.


Contributors: Shelley Boulianne, Kenneth M. Cosgrove, Mark Daku, Yannick Dufresne, Thierry Giasson, Jacob Groshek, Guillaume Latzko-Toth, J.P. Lewis, Patrick McCurdy, Fenwick McKelvey, Florence Millerand, Jill Piebiak, Thomas Poell, Maxime Pronovost, Kate Puddister, Tamara A. Small, Mickael Temporão, Ghada Touir, Sofia Tourigny-Koné, André Turcotte, and Stéphanie Yates with Myriam Arbour

Editorial Reviews

Observers of democratic politics are struggling to make sense of the rapid changes in political communication; What's Trending in Canadian Politics? offers many helpful insights into what's changing and why it matters.

— Harold Jansen, professor, Department of Political Science, University of Lethbridge

Scholars are still coming to terms with the transformative effects the internet and social media are having on politics, public policy, social activism, and public discourse in Canada, in part due to a paucity of empirical research. This volume goes a long way in advancing our knowledge of the seismic shifts taking place in political communication.

— Fred Fletcher, professor emeritus, Department of Politics, York University

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