What's Happened to Politics?

Category: Book
By (author): Rae, Bob
Subject:  HISTORY / Canada / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: May 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 8.37in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*Poised to capitalize on renewed political interest following the federal election, the trade paperback edition of What's Happened to Politics? is sure to be necessary reading for every concerned Canadian citizen.

Segmented electorates. Political leaders avoiding debate and dialogue in favour of an 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 sorry 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.

At a time when Canadians across the political spectrum are frustrated with political gamesmanship, it is more important than ever to find ways to re-engage with our communities, our leaders, and our political institutions. In Bob Rae, Canadians hear the voice of reason they need, and in What's Happened to Politics?, they 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 envisions a political forum where citizens are inspired to participate, instead of feeling disenfranchised.

Timely, 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 all Canadians, 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.
Review Quote*"[A] useful and important new book...it demonstrates [Rae's] deep knowledge of the major public-policy challenges of our time and a coherent philosophical approach."
Review Quote*"In What's Happened to Politics?, Rae raises a key question that all Canadians need to contemplate. Part history, part memoir, and part manifesto, it is important for anyone who cares about Canada and how it's governed."
Review Quote*"What's Happened to Politics? aspires to open a conversation with Canadians on the state of our politics and government. It is a call to action to change the focus from rhetoric and spin to political decision-making based on shared values, ideas, and character. This book also focuses on the urgent need to reconcile the relationship between Aboriginal people and other Canadians and underscores the historic imbalance in the relationship, how it came about, and the way forward in terms that all Canadians can understand."
Review Quote*"This is an excellent book. It's solidly rooted in experience... but very much focused on the future. It's a highly personal political-intellectual memoir, but one that's not at all self-indulgent. "