Two Political Worlds? Multi-level Campaign Integration in Canadian Constituencies
Abstract: The purpose of this article is twofold. First, using survey data from Canadian constituency associations, the article explores the extent to which federal and provincial parties engage in cross-jurisdictional coordination. In doing so, this study builds on and empirically tests findings that have been derived from earlier case studies (i.e. Koop, 2011). Far from inhabiting ‘two political worlds’ the data reveal that parties are much more connected than previously thought. Second, the article seeks to uncover why some parties and associations are more integrated than others. Examining organizational design, the article concludes that vertical party integration is not simply an organizational phenomenon, as organizationally truncated parties still engage in modest levels of informal integration. In addition, constituency level factors are also considered. The results of a multinomial logistic regression demonstrate that parties are significantly more integrated in districts where they are electorally viable compared to those where they are weak.
|Keywords||Canada, federalism, multi-level governance, Party integration, political parties|
|Journal||Regional and Federal Studies|
Pruysers, S. (2015). Two Political Worlds? Multi-level Campaign Integration in Canadian Constituencies. Regional and Federal Studies, 25(2), 165–182. doi:10.1080/13597566.2015.1011137