9.19.2006

reform

MSS of Fruits and Votes, who writes about elections and electoral systems around the world, has two interesting posts about Canadian electoral reform - in New Brunswick and in Ontario.

Go. Read. Learn.

7 comments:

West End Bound said...

Thanks for these links, L-girl. As a future Canadian I am attempting to understand the political differences between the US and Canadian systems. It gets a little confusing at times . . . .

L-girl said...

I'm just catching on myself.

MSS's work is very detailed, and often too complex for me. I don't think it's necessary to understand it on that level - I'm sure most Canadians don't - but I still find it very interesting.

I didn't really understand how the Parlimentary system worked until, shortly after we moved here, the Paul Martin government fell and an election was called, and then held. It was SO interesting for us! It was only then, seeing it in motion, that I "got it" .

MSS said...

Right. You don't have understand the details in order to understand the consequences. But every citizen of a democratic country should at least understand the consequences, and the pros and cons of doing things other ways than the way they are done in one's own country.

(Ex-) Americans who change countries are surely more in tune to such things, because they immediately find out that the USA is not typical. In general, citizens of other countries know that. Citizens of the USA get very little education on comparative political systems.

L-girl said...

MSS, I agree on all counts.

L-girl said...

And, re our other conversation on your blog, did you see what the Dodgers did last night?

MSS said...

By the way, there is a new post up now on NB.

Thanks, L-girl, for sending readers my way.

The goal of Fruits & Votes is to make political-science theory (well, and also fruit-growing techniques!) accessble to non-specialists. Of course, sometimes it is necessary to get into technical detail, but I try not to compromise the accessibility too much.

And I always welcome comments and questions, in the spirit of propagating ideas and mutual learning!

(Oh, and L-girl asks about the Dodgers-Padres. There is a post over at F&V on that. Baseball is off topic for F&V, but who cares: Baseball transcends just about everything!!)

Lone Primate said...

The goal of Fruits & Votes is to make political-science theory (well, and also fruit-growing techniques!) accessble to non-specialists.

It's actually about horticultural techniques? Good grief. :) With my limited experience of the site, I'd assumed "Fruits and Votes" was an in-your-face title for a gay empowerment site!

Welcome to the 80s. :D