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  1. A Blueprint for a New Party
    With the rise of Donald Trump, we need to think seriously about what it would take to form a democratic organization rooted in working class

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    A proposal for a national political organization that would have chapters at the state and local levels, a binding program, a leadership accountable to its members, and electoral candidates nominated at all levels throughout the country.
  2. Canada's Distorted Electoral System
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2000
    Canada's electoral system is undemocratic
  3. Canada's Distorted Electoral System
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2000
  4. Canada's prime minister wants to make it harder for people to vote against him
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Stephen Harper, who won by an uncomfortably small margin in the last election, has passed laws designed to keep voters who oppose him from the polls.
  5. Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN)
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  6. A Citizen Legislature
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1985
    Arguing from the premise that the present electoral system is unrepresentative and promotes corruption, the authors propose going back to the Athenian system of choosing representatives: by lottery.
  7. Citizens for Public Justice
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  8. Electoral reform will give us a voice
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1998
    The democratic case for electoral reform is fundamental, and to attack it
    as somehow a 'right wing' issue is a betrayal of the radical democratic tradition.
  9. Fair Vote Canada
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
    Representing over 55,000 Canadians, Fair Vote Canada is a grassroots, multi-partisan citizens' campaign for voting reform. We promote the introduction of an element of proportional representation into elections for all levels of government and throughout civil society.

    In a democracy, every voter's voice should be heard in Parliament. The share of votes the electorate cast for a party's candidates should match the share of seats a party is awarded, so majority governments will have a mandate from a true majority of voters. Those are defining principles of Proportional Representation, and those are the principles Fair Vote Canada endorses.
  10. The History of Democracy
    A Marxist Interpretation

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2013
    Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately from the social and economic contexts in which democratic states operate.
  11. Imagine Democracy
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2000
    Rebick calls for the transformation of fundamental institutions in Canada: the economy, the media and the electoral system.
  12. The Next Step
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1910
    A decision must be made as to whether German Social Democracy, which is supported by the strongest trade-union organization and the greatest army of voters in the world, can bring about a mass action (which has been done at various times with great success in little Belgium, in Italy, in Austria-Hungary, in Sweden - not to mention Russia), or whether in Germany a trade-union organization numbering two million members and a powerful, well-disciplined party is just as incapable of giving birth to an effective mass action at the crucial moment as were the French trade unions, which had been crippled by anarchist confusion, and the French Socialist party, which had been weakened by internal disputes.
  13. The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism
    Hobbes to Locke

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1970
    A fundamental reinterpretation of political theory from Hobbes to Locke which emphasizes the role of liberal political theory in justifying the appropriation of property to private ownership.
  14. Suffrage (Voting Rights)
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    The civil right to vote, or the exercise of that right.
  15. Towards 21st Century Democracy
    Interview with a Proportional Representation Activist

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1996
  16. What Do We Do Now? Building a Social Movement in the Aftermath of Free Trade
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1989
    We have the potential to create a social movement in this country that goes beyond single-issue organizing to work toward an integrated vision of a more just and caring society.

Experts on Electoral Reform in the Sources Directory

  1. Fair Vote Canada
  2. International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

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