Monday, May 28, 2012


After a walk around Long Pond during my lunch break, I found myself  browsing through the book store at Memorial University.

I would to be in a financial position that allowed me to spend more time in classes and reading.  I should have left my interact card back at the office because the temptation to make a few impulsive purchases was more than I could resist.

Peering through the text books for this summer's course offerings presented some good reads. I picked-up a book entitled Dominance & Decline: Making Sense Of Recent Canadian Elections. The text offers an analysis of voting behaviours in recent Canadian elections, and promises to make sense of the collapse of the Liberal Party, and the rise of the Conservative and New Democratic Parties.

The authors are: Elisabeth Gidengil is Hiram Mills Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill University; Neil Nevitte is Professor of Political Science and cross-appointed as Professor at the School of Public Policy and Governance and the School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto; André Blais is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies at the Université de Montréal; Joanna Everitt is Professor of Political Science at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John; and Patrick Fournier is Professor of Political Science at the Université de Montréal.

I'll post my thoughts about the book, when I get through it.

Another title that caught my attention was Promoting Community Change: Making It Happen In The Real World. I found it under the social work offerings. It has been around for a few years, however this the first Canadian edition. The $70 price tag made me think twice about the purchase.

It looks to be a great resource for folks who want to make a difference in their community but are unsure how to go about making change. A quick review of the table of contents made me think that this title was a toolkit for community activists covering the gauntlet from media savvy to how to implement and follow through with a plan to get it done.

The pair should make for some interesting reading over the next few weeks down by the lake!

Still with Memorial, Political Scientist,  Dr. Alex Marland has been promoted to Associate Dean of the Arts Department. He has published about political marketing in the Journal of Public Affairs, political talk radio in Media, Culture and Society, and about Newfoundland nationalism in the International Journal of Canadian Studies. His research interests include political communications, electioneering, and politics in Canada and in Newfoundland.

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