City with a Difference
The Rise and Fall of the Montreal Citizens Movement
By (author) Timothy Lloyd Thomas
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City with a Difference by Timothy Lloyd Thomas
Book DescriptionThe Montreal Citizen's Movement, a municipal party created in May 1974, was a broad coalition that included members of major trade unions, Parti Qu+b+cois militants, the Quebec wing of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP), independent radicals, and a significant number of Anglophone intellectuals. In its twelve years in opposition (1974-1986) and its two terms in power (ending in 1995), the MCM had a powerful influence on both the policy and process of Montreal's municipal government. A City With a Difference describes how different types of political activists function within populist political parties -- pragmatists, ideologues, party strategists, and citizens seeking involvement in the workings of their city. The author demonstrates that the MCM is what Herbert Kitschelt calls a left-libertarian party with electoral pragmatists co-existing with ideologically-driven social activists within the same political structure. From the years in opposition to the years in power, Thomas chronicles the MCM's triumphs, failures, conflicts, and compromises. This is a fascinating case study with relevance for other cities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781550650860
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Vehicule Press
Publisher: Vehicule Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: Canada
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