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The Elections of 2000

Politics, Culture, and Economics in North America

Mary K. Kirtz, Mark J. Kasoff, Rick Farmer, and John C. Green, Editors

Publication Year: 2006

The essays in this collection are the product of a conversation among scholars, spanning national borders and disciplinary boundaries, about the increasing integration of Canada, Mexico, and the United States and the development of a "continental perspective." This conversation has been underway for some time, reflecting the causes, challenges, and consequences of economic, cultural, and political integration in North America. The conjunction of national elections in all three of the great North American democracies in 2000 offered us the opportunity to deepen this conversation and engage in scholarly discourse from a "continental perspective." Taken together, the essays in this book provide a vivid portrait of North American democracies at the turn of the century.

Published by: The University of Akron Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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FIGURES

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pp. vii-viii

TABLES

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

THE ESSAYS IN THIS COLLECTION are the product of a conversation among scholars, spanning national borders and disciplinary boundaries, about the increasing integration of Canada, Mexico, and the United States and the development of a “continental perspective.” This conversation has been underway for...

PART I: Prologue

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FOREWORD: Toward a Continental Perspective

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pp. 3-6

EACH OF THE THREE MAJOR COUNTRIES on the North American continent—Mexico, Canada, and United States—held a national election in the year 2000, providing a rare opportunity to consider the possible emergence of a “continental perspective.” Such a perspective has been widely discussed since the 1994 enactment...

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CHAPTER 1: Reluctant Trinity: The North American Elections of 2000

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pp. 7-18

THE STRING OF EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS that took place in 2000 seemed both to affirm the mounting awareness of a North American consciousness and neatly bring to a close the painful first years of the new American continent. The most visible and portentous manifestation of that continental conversion was the...

PART II: The Electoral Politics of 2000

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CHAPTER 2: The Coalition for Change: Voters and Parties in the 2000 Mexican Election

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pp. 21-49

THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2000 is a crucial point in Mexico’s long democratic transition. Vicente Fox, the Alliance for Change candidate, won the presidency thanks to the support of a broad-based electoral coalition, a modern-day melting pot of different ideologies and sociodemographic features. The governing...

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CHAPTER 3: A Contest of Surprises: The 2000 Election in the United States

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pp. 50-75

THE 2000 ELECTION IN THE UNITED STATES can be fairly described as a “contest of surprises,” in two senses of the phrase. First, the closeness of the vote (and disputes over counting the ballots) might have been surprising in any event, but they were stunning in light of pre-election expectations. For instance, it was...

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CHAPTER 4: Distracted Voters: Media Coverage of the 2000 Canadian Federal Election Campaign

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pp. 76-95

THE 2000 CANADIAN CAMPAIGN appears at first glance to have had little impact on voter choice. The Liberal Party returned with its third consecutive majority government. The only major upset was that the governing Liberals gained ground in Quebec. The official opposition, the Canadian Alliance Party, finished the...

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CHAPTER 5: Quebec and the Canadian Federal Election of 2000: Putting the Sovereignty Movement on the Ropes?

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pp. 96-116

FOR THE INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT IN QUEBEC, the outcome of the November 2000 Canadian federal election marked another bitterly disappointing setback on the road to sovereignty. Not only did Jean Chrétien—an object of intense loathing among the Quebec nationalist intelligentsia—succeed in winning his third consecutive...

PART III: Cultural and Economic Forces

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CHAPTER 6: My Heart Will Go on Living la Vida Loca: The Cultural Impact on the United States of Canada and Mexico

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pp. 119-135

THE MOVIE TITANIC ENJOYED WORLDWIDE POPULARITY, but it also seemed to provide an excellent example of cultural interaction and cooperation accomplished without concern about cultural boundaries in North America. This movie, a Hollywood production about the sinking of a British ship, was directed by...

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CHAPTER 7: A Tale of Two Elections: What the Leaders’ Rhetoric from the 2000 Elections Reveals about Canadian-American Cultural Differences

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pp. 136-166

IN HERE: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE NEW AMERICAN CONTINENT, Anthony DePalma argues that the concepts of “here” and “there,” used to underscore the separateness and distinctiveness of Canada, the United States, and Mexico, have diminishing relevance and resonance in the new North America being forged by free

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CHAPTER 8: The Economic Environment of the 2000 National Elections in Canada, Mexico, and the United States

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pp. 167-177

ANATION’S ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE about a year before a national election significantly frames the issues debated and can affect outcomes.1 During prosperous and stable times, incumbent parties and candidates are frequently returned to office. The “ins” are usually thrown out when serious economic problems persist...

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CHAPTER 9: Mexico’s Linkage with North America after 2000: From NAFTA-Plus to NAFTA-Blues?

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pp. 178-194

FROM THE BEGINNING OF 2000 to the fall of 2001, a kind of honeymoon existed between Mexico and the United States. Largely responsible was the increasing optimism of Washington elites about democratic change in Mexico, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partner still run by an authoritarian...

PART IV: Epilogue

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CHAPTER 10: Beyond Trinity: Parties and Elections in Central America

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pp. 197-138

UNTIL THE LATE 1980S, the politics of elections in Central America were linked to the prevalence of dictatorships, military rulers, and warfare. For many years, political leaders struggled to gain the right to vote or to participate in free and fair elections. As a consequence, Central American countries have entered into...

Notes

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pp. 139-260

Bibliography

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pp. 261-272

About the Contributors

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pp. 273-276

Index

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pp. 277-388


E-ISBN-13: 9781935603726
E-ISBN-10: 1935603728
Print-ISBN-13: 9781931968195
Print-ISBN-10: 1931968195

Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 36 graphs
Publication Year: 2006

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Subject Headings

  • Elections -- Mexico.
  • North America -- Economic integration.
  • Regionalism -- North America.
  • Elections Canada.
  • Elections -- North America.
  • Elections -- United States.
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