Some considerations bearing upon comparative research in canada and the united states


Journal Article

This paper analyzes the manner in which ethnicity has affected the course of American and Canadian party politics. Specifically, the paper tries to demonstrate that although the social processes involved in the migration of large numbers of ethnics have been relatively similar in both societies, the manner in which the social reality of ethnicity has affected the political structures therein has been quite different. Thus, although successive immigrant groups became the chief political resource of the great American urban party machines, they were able to use the existing political structures for their own purposes. Ethnic groups have derived psychological and more tangible benefits, such as public and party office positions, and have strongly affected the foreign and domestic policy positions of the two major parties. In contrast, Canadian party leaders historically have been able to exploit ethnic cleavages, but rarely have had to play the game of ethnic politics in the manner of their American counterparts. In fact, ethnicity continues to strongly affect American political structures even as it moves into the realm of an index of more important social facts, while Canadian political structures have remained relatively impervious to ethnic groups despite the fact that ethnicity continues to be a factor of major importance in Canadian social organization. © 1969, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Smith, J; Kornberg, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 1969

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 341 - 357

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0038-0385

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/003803856900300304

Citation Source

  • Scopus