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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 24, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Social Class and Political Attitudes in Canada



A thread running through much of my research is the tension between what might be called the 'Old left' and the 'new left'. Depending on which theoretical perspective one uses, this cleavage could be called a tension between post-materialist or materialist politics or old and new politics. This project stems from my MA thesis which compared how (West) Germany and Canada and West Germany's parties and party systems handled the rise in 'new politics' issues.  During my post-doctoral fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Institute For North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, I examined the extent to which working class and professional Canadians hold different views on the environment, finding some limited evidence that there is indeed a 'red-green' divide that the left must negotiate.

 I edited a special issue of the Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien (German Journal Of Canadian Studies) with two colleagues at the John F. Kennedy Institute For North American Studies and this has been published. My paper in the collection can be read here.