Bouchard's Argument Analysis

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The suggestion of parties having their own agenda is reminiscent of some of Bouchard's (2016) examinations of public consultation. Bouchard (2016) looks at several exercises in public consultation conducted by the federal Conservative party, and notes a variety of issues with the sampling and presentation of questions that likely skewed the results to support the party's desired policy. In addition, Bouchard's (2016) conclusion that the federal PCs only sought public consultation when it served to benefit them is echoed in Banack's statement that interest groups are most successful when there exists “some type of reciprocal beneficial relationship between themselves and the government” (2015: 946). However, this outcome contradicts some of the points provided by Carty and Cross (2010) regarding Canadian political parties becoming “brokerage parties” and trying to appeal to a wide variety of voters. Instead, the Alberta PCs targeted the specific group of rural, religious voters through their handling of education policy for an extended period of time (Banack 2015). But, the brokerage politics described…show more content…
Political parties face a balancing act of the interests of their electorate, maintaining of their platform, and sustainable, acceptable policy in the eyes of the public. Interest groups are subject to the current government's own interests, as well as their level of and the nature of their public support. Public consultation is only as effective as it is manufactured to be, and can therefore be influenced heavily by other policy actors. Social movements have an impact that depends heavily on the size of the mobilisation, which, for some causes, can be difficult to gather. Very particular circumstances are required for consistent, significant influence on policy, and that influence is still subject to rest of the policy
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