Who's the Boss?

House of Commons

Lost in Translation or Just Lost?

Samara's report on the function of the House of Commons  

Real Outsiders

Democracy is great, it's the politics I hate

Read Samara's latest report, The Real Outsiders.

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.

  • December 18, 2014

    Bringing back the political animal, part 3

    Today’s guest blog comes to us from PhD student David Moscop. In his first post, Moscrop outlined the problem of electoral decline in Canada and explained why the targeted solutions of proportional representation and mandatory voting are inadequate. In this second post, he explores what a holistic response to electoral decline could look like.
  • December 16, 2014

    Bringing back the political animal, part 2

    Today’s guest blog comes to us from PhD student David Moscop. In his first post, Moscrop outlined the problem of electoral decline in Canada and explained why the targeted solutions of proportional representation and mandatory voting are inadequate. In this second post, he explores what a holistic response to electoral decline could look like.
  • December 16, 2014

    Bringing back the political animal, part 1

    Today is the first of three in a series of guest blogs from PhD student David Moscop. In the series, he takes a step back from the narrow and pessimistic analysis of voter turnout, finding a more subtle reason for our democratic malaise and proposing a more holistic set of solutions in posts two and three.