Political Elites in Canada: Power and Influence in Instantaneous Times

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Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson, Andrea Lawlor
UBC Press, 2019 - Communication in politics - 340 pages

Political Elites in Canada offers a timely look at Canadian political powerbrokers and how they are adapting to a fast-paced digital media environment. Elite power structures are changing worldwide, with traditional influencers losing authority over prevailing social, economic, and political structures. This volume explores the changing landscape for traditional power brokers, the ascent of new elites, and how they are using digital communication to connect with Canadians in unprecedented ways. Featuring empirical studies of governmental decision makers in the public service and political influencers such as social media commentators, this collection is a much-needed synthesis of elite politics in Canada.

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About the author (2019)

Alex Marland is a professor of political science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His book Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control won the Donner Prize for the best public policy book by a Canadian. Thierry Giasson publishes about political communication, political journalism, and digital politics in Canadian and comparative contexts. He is a professor of political science and director of the Groupe de recherche en communication politique (GRCP) at Université Laval. He is a past president of the Société québécoise de science politique. He is coeditor, with Alex Marland, of the series Communication, Strategy and Politics at UBC Press. Andrea Lawlor is an associate professor of political science at King's University College, Western University. Her work can be found in the Journal of Social Policy, Canadian Journal of Political Science, and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, among others.

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