Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science


Political Science, General.




This thesis examines the birth and growth of the Reform Party of Canada within historical and contemporary contexts. In Chapter One, the development and strategies of the Reform Party's western-based predecessors, the Progressives, the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and the Social Credit, are examined. This chapter identities the similarities and differences between the Reform movement and other protest parties that have emerged in the first half of the twentieth century. In Chapter Two, the dominant theories of minor party development in Canada are surveyed and then applied to the Reform Party in a disciplined-configurative case study. In Chapter Three, the results of telephone interviews with elite members of the Reform Party are presented. The interviews focus on demographic, recruitment, career and community involvement/politically experience patterns common to the senior membership. In Chapter Four, the results of a press content analysis of ten daily newspapers in Canada, and their coverage of the Reform Party at five key events in the party's history, are presented. Chapter Five paints a profile of the Reform Party and proposes additional avenues of research. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .T677. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-04, page: 1575. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.