ERIC Number: ED341162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
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The Effects of Partisanism in Suburban School Board Elections.
Robinson, Norman; Cohen, Sharon
Findings from a study that examined the effects of partisanism on suburban school board elections in Canada are presented in this paper. The study focused on the effects of formal political parties and more loosely organized political slates on political aggregation in school board elections. Questionnaires were completed by 11 partisan school board candidates in 1987 school board elections held in the Burnaby and Delta school districts of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Findings indicate that civil political parties and political slates in suburban school districts aggregated the educational attitudes and opinions of the candidates. Little relationship, however, existed between the candidates' personal characteristics and their choice of partisan group. Overall, candidates were intensely political people. Possible benefits of partisanism are greater voter mobilization and participation, increased information dissemination to voters, and more focus on the issues. Twenty-six statistical tables are included. (30 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Burnaby School District 41 BC; Delta School District 37 BC
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Studies in Educational Administration (Kingston, Ontario, Canada, June 1991).