Category: Call for Papers
Subject: CPSA Workshop 3 Political Behaviour/Sociology: Permanent Campaigning in Canada
Workshop 3 Political Behaviour/Sociology: Permanent Campaigning in Canada
Organizers: Anna Esselment (University of Waterloo), Thierry Giasson (Université Laval), and Alex Marland (Memorial University)
The Permanent Campaigning in Canada workshop is co-sponsored by the UBC Press series Communication, Strategy and Politics and by the Université Laval’s Groupe de recherche en communication politique (GRCP).
Permanent campaigning describes an approach to governance whereby the partisan elites who control the government apply strategies and techniques usually found in a campaign setting to the process of governing itself. Are you interested in strategies and tactics that at one time were practiced exclusively during the official campaign period and are now routinely practiced in the inter-election period in Canadian politics? Then you might want to participate in the Permanent Campaigning in Canada workshop taking place in June 2015 at the Canadian Political Science Association’s (CPSA) annual conference at the University of Ottawa.
This workshop, the first dedicated entirely to permanent campaigning in CPSA’s history, will bring together senior and junior academics from Canada and abroad who are interested in the latest trends in campaigning research, tactics and strategy. It will feature papers about permanent campaigning in Canada that are related to the following topics:
Marketing: Presenters will consider how the permanent campaign has affected electoral readiness using political marketing tools in areas such as political parties, polling and public opinion, new information technologies (e.g., databases, microtargeting), and fundraising efforts.
Communicating: Presenters will explore political communication as an essential component of the permanent campaign in branding and positioning, political public relations, online platforms, open government and transparency, or government advertising.
Governing: Presenters will examine the intersection of governance and permanent campaign effects through analyses of political staff, the politicization of the public service, federal budgets and strategic spending announcements, the use of prerogative powers of the Crown, or government relations with interest groups.
The day-long event is expected to feature three paper sessions as well as a roundtable with practitioners of the permanent campaign (civil servants, politicians, advisors, consultants).
The program will also comprise a lunch-time "Author Meets Critics" session to discuss Tom Flanagan’s Winning Power: Canadian Campaigning in the 21st Century (MQUP 2014).
To ensure that you have a positive conference experience, please read the entire Call for Proposals, Instructions for Submitting a Proposal, and the Open Conference Systems (OCS) Login Instructions.