Current Research

Samara Democracy Reports

Since 2011, Samara has undertaken research into the state of our political process, which we're presenting in a series of reports. These Samara Democracy Reports are designed to increase Canadians’ understanding of politics, investigate commonly held assumptions, provoke questions and elevate the discussion on the health of Canadian political and democratic participation in Canada.

The latest report "By Invitation Only: Canadians' Perceptions of Political Parties" is available to read here.

Previous reports include:

Our research will culminate in a yearly Samara Index, which we envision as a tool to help illuminate how politics works, specifically focusing on the relationship between citizens and the political process.

  • August 01, 2014

    Friday Fill(ibuster)

    The more things change… this week’s roundup of political and democratic news brings you the revenge of the status quo from voting technology to the Senate, from the Crown to party discipline.
  • July 31, 2014

    #Samarachat: What does it mean to be political?

    On Wednesday, July 30 we hosted our second twitter chat. The conversation revolved around one guiding question: What does it mean to be political?
  • July 28, 2014

    What does it mean to be an Everyday Political Citizen?

    On Canada Day we launched our annual Everyday Political Citizen contest. One question we sometimes get is, “What exactly is an Everyday Political Citizen?” It’s one of our favourite questions to answer.