Waiting for the Wave: The Reform Party and the Conservative Movement

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, May 1, 2009 - Political Science - 272 pages
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In Waiting for the Wave, Tom Flanagan studies the rapid rise of the Reform Party and presents some fascinating insights into the party and its leaders. He corrects two popular misconceptions about Preston Manning: that his political philosophy is directly derived from his religious convictions, and that he is an extreme right-wing conservative. Flanagan examines Manning's strategy of populism (listening to "the common sense of the common people") and illustrates how he used this strategy to "catch waves" of popular discontent to boost support for his party. Having held various positions within the party, Flanagan is able to portray its inner workings, revealing some of the personal ideologies of party members and showing how these conflicted with Manning's strategy of populism.
 

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Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
1The Real Manning
2The Common Sense of the Common People
3Strategy
4Positioning the Party
5Going National
The 1993 Election
15
9Countdown to Victory?
38
10Postscript
62
11Update 2009
69
AppendixModels of Party Competition
81
Notes
91
Selected Bibliography
2003
Index
2007

6The Referendum Campaign
7Intermission

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About the author (2009)

Tom Flanagan is professor of political science at the University of Calgary.

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