Telling a Different Story: Canadian Citizens and their Democracy in the Digital Age

in Dubois, E. and Martin-Bariteau, F. (eds.), Citizenship in a Connected Canada: A Research and Policy Agenda, Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa Press, 2020

19 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020 Last revised: 6 Nov 2020

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Adelina Petit-Vouriot

The Samara Centre for Democracy

Mike Morden

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 7, 2020

Abstract

The new centrality of the digital public sphere has disrupted politics, and generated questions about the robustness and sustainability of liberal democracies. This chapter draws on recent public opinion research to examine trends in Canadians’ attitudes toward democracy and their engagement in formal and informal politics. The data suggests that technological and political changes both in Canada and abroad have produced concern among Canadians about the health of their democracy. But longitudinal comparison reveals that despite these disruptions, and contrary to prevailing public narratives, Canadians have become more engaged and more satisfied with their democracy in recent years.

Suggested Citation

Petit-Vouriot, Adelina and Morden, Mike, Telling a Different Story: Canadian Citizens and their Democracy in the Digital Age (June 7, 2020). in Dubois, E. and Martin-Bariteau, F. (eds.), Citizenship in a Connected Canada: A Research and Policy Agenda, Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa Press, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3621679

Adelina Petit-Vouriot (Contact Author)

The Samara Centre for Democracy ( email )

Toronto
Canada

Mike Morden

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