What's Happened to Politics?

What's Happened to Politics?

Book - 2015
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From esteemed Canadian political leader Bob Rae comes a piercing examination of the fractured state of Canadian politics and what can be done to fix it.

Segmented electorates. Endless repetition of sound bites and vanity videos with little substance. Billions of dollars spent on lobbying. It's clear that Canadian politics is in a bad state. Through increasingly low voter turnouts and a general lack of engagement in the political process, Canadians have shown that they are dissatisfied and fed up with present-day politics.

In What's Happened to Politics? , Canadians finally get an definitive account of the problems plaguing their national politics. Touching on everything from polling to issues of social justice to the way in which political parties package their candidates, Rae identifies the shortcomings of the current Canadian political framework, and what we, as citizens, can do to remedy that. With remarkable insight and startling accuracy, Rae speaks as the voice of reason as he imagines a political forum where citizens are inspired to participate instead of feeling disenfranchised. Filled with real-world examples and told from the point of view of an experienced statesman, What's Happened to Politics? is necessary reading for every Canadian, regardless of their political affiliation. Erudite, engaged, and keenly attuned to the frustrations expressed by Canadians across the political spectrum, Rae shows why he is the leading voice on Canadian politics.
Publisher: Toronto : Simon & Schuster Canada, 2015.
Edition: Simon & Schuster Canada edition
ISBN: 9781501103414
Branch Call Number: 320.971 Rae
Characteristics: xiii, 159 pages ; 23 cm.

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Jakedesnake
Jul 08, 2017

A short but enjoyable and, most importantly, unbiased essay on the modern issues around politics.

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derilyn
Jan 21, 2016

I totally enjoyed this gem. Long time since I have had a review of our history, now I am looking for more!

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talktimereader
Jan 07, 2016

I agree with ghreads below.

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ghreads
Oct 13, 2015

This is a thoughtful and interesting analysis of the current state of Canadian politics. It is non-partisan in its historical references but is very critical of the current Conservative government under Steven Harper. Rae lays much of the blame for today’s political problems squarely at the feet of Mr. Harper. The book also contains brief histories, showing how things were once different and what we have lost.

There are 6 chapters, each addressing a different component of the political system: politics, leadership, policy, Aboriginal peoples, democracy, Canada in the world. Rae concludes with a description of his vision for our country.

The book is quite well written and well organized. At only 139 pages, it is a quick and very worthwhile read describing where Canada has been, where it is now and why, and where it could go if we revitalize our political system. Highly recommended.

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