Harper's Team: Behind the Scenes in the Conservative Rise to Power

McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
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Harper's team fought four campaigns in five years: two leadership races and two national elections. Through trial and error - and determination - they learned to combine the Reform Party's strength in grassroots politics with the Progressive Conservative expertise in advertising and media relations, while simultaneously adopting the latest advances in information and communications technology.
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Tom Flanagan (LLB (Hons), University College, London, LSF, College of Law, Lancaster Gate) is a Partner in the London Employment Group, heads the Employment Group's Banking Core Sector Team and the International Team.

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
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May 14, 2014
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378
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9780773575387
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English
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Political Science / Comparative Politics
Political Science / Political Process / Campaigns & Elections
Political Science / Political Process / General
Political Science / Political Process / Political Parties
Political Science / World / Canadian
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Analyzing the histories of other countries with a plural executive branch and past examples of bipartisan cooperation within Congress, Orentlicher shows us why and how to implement a two-person, two-party presidency. Ultimately, Two Presidents Are Better Than One demonstrates why we need constitutional reform to rebalance power between the executive and legislative branches and contain partisan conflict in Washington.

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