The Local Underpinnings of Electoral Competition in Canada, 1979-2008

R. Kenneth Carty, Lisa Young


In this paper we explore the capacity of political parties to contest general elections by examining the patterns of candidate spending in individual electoral districts. The data allows us to compare and assess differences across national political parties, over time (including both third and post-third party system periods), and during different electoral finance regimes.


electoral competition; party finance; constituency organization

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