Electing Better Politicians: A Citizen’s Guide
Electing Better Politicians: A Citizen’s Guide - Item 0068

This guide is offered as an easy-to-use resource for all voters – regardless of political philosophy – setting out specific criteria for evaluating candidates, complete with “scorecards” for use in this process. In addition, issues at the local, provincial and federal levels are examined, as are the special considerations that apply in comparing new candidates against incumbents.

Voting is just one of the important responsibilities that people should fulfill as part of being a good citizen, however. This guide therefore includes a tool for citizens to evaluate themselves, as well as a resource list and suggestions on steps we can all take to keep our governments accountable.

The fact is, if we don’t improve our own performance as citizens, there is very little chance we will really be able to improve the quality of the people we elect to represent us. We really do get the government we deserve, every time.

Approx. 142 pgs.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

  • Chapter 1 Leadership skills … 5
  • Chapter 2 Communication skills … 9
  • Chapter 3 Legislative skills … 13
  • Chapter 4 Issues … 17
  • Chapter 5 Election behaviour … 21
  • Chapter 6 Vision … 25
  • Chapter 7 Personal attributes … 29
  • Chapter 8 Promises … 33
  • Chapter 9 Bureaucracy aptitude … 37
  • Chapter 10 Accountability … 41
  • Chapter 11 Incumbents vs. new candidates … 45
  • Chapter 12 Special consideration: local – provincial – federal levels … 49
  • Chapter 13 Issues by level of government … 53
  • Chapter 14 Summary scorecard … 59
  • Chapter 15 Finding better candidates … 61
  • Chapter 16 Becoming a better citizen … 65
  • Chapter 17 Holding elected persons accountable … 73
  • Chapter 18 Improving on the basics … 77
  • Chapter 19 Decision gridlock … 89
  • Chapter 20 Civic engagement and accountability factors … 91
  • Chapter 21 Civic engagement skills … 97
  • Chapter 22 Innovative involvement techniques … 103
  • Chapter 23 Ultimate accountability: referenda and plebiscites … 109
  • Chapter 24 Citizens, mend thy ways … 115
  • Chapter 25 Government, mend thy ways … 123
  • Chapter 26 Resources for voters … 127
  • Chapter 27 What’s next? … 131

 

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