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Rules of engagement: how current tactics corrode the relationship between progressive parties and their bases, and potential means of re-mobilizing the Left.

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dc.contributor.author Ashbourne, Craig Donald
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-30T18:05:21Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-30T18:05:21Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-04-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/3950
dc.description.abstract The professionalization of political parties has significantly altered the means by which parties interact with voters and supporters. The current study is an attempt to examine what these changes in political communication mean for the ability of parties to organize supporters and mobilize them both in a campaign setting and in the longer-term struggle. Habermasian and Gramscian perspectives on the relational aspects of political communication highlight the challenges presented by the growing unidirectionality of communication and the concomitant atrophying of intermediary institutions. Beyond this, the work of Bottici and McLuhan is used to expose the effects of the 'arational' aspects of these changes in both form and content. To test the plausibility of the theoretical insights obtained, the case of the New Democratic Party of Canada is considered. The study concludes by considering the potential of new technological developments for resolving or mitigating concerns identified throughout the thesis. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject political communication en_US
dc.subject political sociology en_US
dc.subject sociology en_US
dc.subject sociological theory en_US
dc.subject communications theory en_US
dc.subject political science en_US
dc.subject New Democratic Party en_US
dc.subject CCF en_US
dc.subject Canadian politics en_US
dc.subject Jurgen Habermas en_US
dc.subject Marshall McLuhan en_US
dc.subject Antonio Gramsci en_US
dc.subject Chiara Bottici en_US
dc.subject social movements en_US
dc.subject strategic communications en_US
dc.subject mobilization en_US
dc.subject historical sociology en_US
dc.title Rules of engagement: how current tactics corrode the relationship between progressive parties and their bases, and potential means of re-mobilizing the Left. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Carroll, William K.
dc.degree.department Dept. of Sociology en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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