Mr. Smith goes to Ottawa : life in the House of Commons (Book, 1997) [WorldCat.org]
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Mr. Smith goes to Ottawa : life in the House of Commons

Author: David C Docherty
Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Mr Smith Goes to Ottawa, David Docherty compares the 34th (1988-93) and 35th (1993-7) Parliaments. The 35th Parliament appeared to offer a radical change. Over two-thirds of MPs were rookies and over one-third represented two new parties - the Bloc Quebecois and the Reform Party - both of which came to Ottawa promising to alter the current political status quo. This led some people to view the session as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David C Docherty
ISBN: 0774806389 9780774806381 0774806397 9780774806398
OCLC Number: 37490454
Description: xxiii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Building a Theory of Canadian Political Careers --
2. Representation, Amateurism, and Turnover --
3. The Candidates --
4. Arriving in Ottawa: New Politicians and Old Rules --
5. Turning Expectations into Actions: Living with Preference Rules and Roles --
6. Coming to Terms with Parliament: Views on Leadership and Party Discipline --
7. Home Style: Members and Their Constituencies --
8. The Life Cycle of a Political Career --
9. Leaving Parliament --
Conclusion: Members, Parliament, and Party --
Appendix. Testing Models of Career Disappointment and Voluntary Retirement.
Responsibility: David C. Docherty.

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Compares the 34th (1988-93) and the 35th (1993-97) Parliaments, where, despite major electoral shifts, the majority of the men and women who go to Ottawa end up accepting limited policy roles,  Read more...

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The book is a unique and important contribution to the literature on po,itical parties and legislatures, especially in the Canadian context. Canada might be served well if MPs were to read it as Read more...

 
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