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"Delacourt's Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them is likely to become the new manual for power-seekers. And while its focus is on Canada, it shows how we, Australia, Britain and the United States have borrowed from one another to create the present political situation...lively and very readable...Some power-seeking readers will study it as a how-to-manual for more political pandering. But other power seekers, we can hope, will read it as a guide to getting our country back." (Tyee.ca 2013-10-07)
"I’m pretty excited about this year's literary harvest, but there are three particular books that have captured my interest in Canadian history: And I hope that Susan Delacourt's analysis of our political system, Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them (Douglas & McIntyre, Spetember), will explain to me and future historians the way our politicians have become captive to the polling and advertising industries." (Charlotte Grey Ottawa Citizen 2013-09-02)
"the engaging Shopping for Votes provides a compendium of the latest vote-courting techniques used by political operatives from all parties...The strongest section, which draws on Delacourt's talents as a reporter, focuses on recent efforts by the Conservatives and NDP to target voters interested in their policies. The early chapters, by contrast, provide useful historical context for the role of advertising in politics..." (Dan Rowe Quill & Quire 2013-09-30)
"If Stephen Harper needs some light relief after reading the latest disappointing polling numbers, he could do worse than leaf through a new book by Ottawa journalist Susan Delacourt: Shopping for Votes -- How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them." (John Ivison National Post 2013-09-05)
"...Delacourt (who was a longtime colleague and competitor in the parliamentary press gallery) has written a lively history of the advertising Mad Men and marketing gurus who increasingly have shaped our politics in the last sixty years..." (Paul Adams ipolitics.ca 2013-09-25)
"...let me strongly recommend you make room on your bookshelf (or on your Kindle) for Toronto Star journalist Susan Delacourt's latest opus: Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them...Delacourt's journalistic writing style keeps the narrative flowing and the pages turning...This book shines a light on the wacky, weird, and often-misunderstood world of political marketing..." (Gerry Nicholls The Hill Times 2013-09-30)
"By now, it's a truism that politics is dirty business. Delacourt, a political reporter for the Toronto Star, deconstructs how elected reps bait voters. They brand their parties, cloister Canadians into categories like 'old-fashioned puritans' and apathetic 'self-indulgent' and even use Tim Hortons to lure voters to the polling station. Is nothing sacred?" (Readers Digest 2013-10-10)
"...Susan Delacourt's Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them, one of the very best books about Canadian politics to appear in many years...Ms. Delacourt has pulled the themes together in an excellently researched book that widens our understanding and deepens our depression about contemporary politics -- which offers, after all, a rough mirror of who we are." (Geoffrey Simpson Globe & Mail 2013-10-05)
"Susan Delacourt's new book, Shopping For Votes: How Politicians Choose Us And We Choose Them is creating quite a stir. Delacourt's central thesis is that Canadians no longer act as citizens -- with rights and responsibilities -- but as consumers, who are motivated by self interest, not the national interest." (ProgressiveBloggers.ca 2013-10-06)
"The story in Susan Delacourt's Shopping for Votes is a familiar one, told well..." (Andrew Coyne Montreal Gazette 2013-10-08)
"an insightful and provocative look at the inside world of political marketing in Canada." (Ottawa Life Magazine 2013-11-06)
"This is an insightful examination of how our national political parties use modern marketing techniques to win votes...Shopping for Votes is an important and well-written political study for those who follow Canadian politics and the way our votes are now shaped. It provides fresh, yet disturbing, insights into citizenship and political marketing." (Christopher Adams Winnipeg Free Press 2013-11-23)
"I'm a big fan of Susan's work on The Hill, and this book on the backroom, behind-the-scenes maneuvering for votes is timely and full of information." (George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight 2014-01-06)
Susan Delacourt is a political columnist in Ottawa who writes for the Toronto Star and Ipolitics, and appears weekly on CBC and CTV. Her work, which includes three previous books on politics, has earned her the Hy Solomon Award in 2014 for excellence in public-policy journalism and the 2011 Charles Lynch award for career-long coverage of politics. Shopping for Votes was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction, and the John W. Dafoe Book Prize. Delacourt teaches political journalism and communication at Carleton University.
Excellent analysis. I learned quite a bit about the reasoning behind the behaviour of political parties. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Cooper
I have this a very good review as it is a completely different take on politics these days. The author pulls together information that was there to be seen but in such a way that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dara Kennedy
Great book kind of scary when you think of some of the things some politicians would be willing to do to get elected.Published 12 months ago by Bill Davies
Very interesting and well written. A must read if you're interested in politics and political marketing. A great book specific to Canadian politics.Published 20 months ago by Christa Mallay
I found this book quite informative.But it dose not make me at all trust ing og politions in general and the present conservative ones in particular.Published 22 months ago by Rob Nisbet
There is a moderately interesting historical review of federal political campaigns since the late '50s in Canada, but overall this is a disappointing book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Vince Marinelli