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Long read: Why Canada has a labor party and the US does not

Eidlin, Barry (2016) Long read: Why Canada has a labor party and the US does not. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (19 Oct 2016). Website.

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In this year’s Democratic presidential primary, Bernie Sanders ran as a Democrat, despite describing himself as a ‘socialist’. In other countries, Sanders would have run as part of a ‘labor’ party, a political grouping that the US lacks. Barry Eidlin explores why the US does not have such a party, while its neighbor, Canada, does. He writes that in the 1930s, President Roosevelt co-opted labor and workers’ interests into the New Deal coalition; while at the same time, Canadian parties’ repression and neglect for workers’ created an opportunity for a new party to emerge which eventually became the New Democratic Party.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1001 Canada (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2016 09:42
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:25

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