Events Calendar

Workshop The Development and Influence of Political Identities by Leonie Huddy @ Room 160, ARTS building, McGill University
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship presents a workshop by

Leonie Huddy (Stony Brook University)

The Development and Influence of Political Identities

You can learn more about Professor Huddy, by clicking here

Political identities play a special role within democratic politics and political scientists and social psychologists can benefit from an exchange over their nature and consequences. This workshop considers political identities such as partisan and ideological identities and the conditions under which non-political group identities become politicized. The workshop begins with an overview of the major psychological and sociological theoretical approaches to the study of group identities and their their empirical measurement. This is followed by consideration of the factors that promote the politicization of group identities and foster the development of strong group identities. The consequences of political identities for political attitudes and behavior are considered next. Finally, special consideration is given to the role of identity threats and the emotions they generate to shed light on the link between political identities and action. Examples are drawn throughout from research on racial and ethnic, gender-linked, partisan, ideological, and national identities. Consideration will also be given to differences in partisan identity strength across political systems and different party structures.

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All are welcome!

CSDC Speaker Series: Leonie Huddy @ Room 404, Thomson House, McGill University
Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
CSDC Speaker Series: Leonie Huddy @ Room 404, Thomson House, McGill University | Montreal | Quebec | Canada

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship presents:

The Social Nature of Partisan Identity

Leonie Huddy (Stony Brook University)

You can learn more about Professor Huddy by clicking here

Abstract: There is growing evidence that partisanship is a powerful social identity in both US and Western Europe democracies. This holds both good and bad normative news. On one hand, strong partisans are defensive, conform to party norms, and dislike partisans of competing parties. On the other, they are more politically engaged and are especially likely to get involved in election campaigns working on behalf of their party. In this experimental study, we explore the conditions under which partisan animosity can be ameliorated without undermining strong partisan identities, contrasting two key approaches to the study of partisanship. From an instrumental perspective, the growing negativity between Democrats and Republicans is due to increased ideological differences between the parties. In contrast, an expressive approach attributes the origins of partisan antipathy to the protection of group status in response to partisan threats and insults (Huddy et al 2005). In the current experiment, 600 MTurk workers are exposed to information that Democrat and Republican leaders have amicable or hostile relations, and that Republicans and Democrats are in conflict or agreement over a key policy issue.

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This series is sponsored by the Inter-university Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).

CSDC Annual Graduate Student Conference @ Hotel Clarendon, Quebec city
Apr 13 all-day

Call for Papers

April 13th-14th, 2018

The Clarendon Hotel, Quebec City

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC) will host its annual graduate student conference on April 13th and 14th, 2018, in Quebec City. The goal of this conference is to offer graduate and postdoctoral students interested in the Centre’s many research areas the opportunity to present and receive feedback on their research. The event also allows everyone to get to know colleagues who share the same interests and are active in various universities within diverse disciplines.

The Centre’s research areas include:

Learning Democratic Citizenship in an Unequal WorldThis axis focuses on the acquisition of values, attitudes and behaviours that contribute to a vibrant democratic citizenry. Democracy rests fundamentally on the principle of political equality, but in practice, economic and social disadvantage translates into unequal access to political power and decision-making (Schlozman et al 2012). Growing inequality is chipping away at the foundations of democracy, leading to increased political polarization and disaffection with politics (Kwon 2015). Now more than ever, effective democracies require engaged, responsible, and knowledgeable citizens. Understanding the factors that impact the development of this type of active democratic citizenship is a key goal of axis 1.

Practicing Citizenship in a Skeptical World: The practice of democratic citizenship is undergoing a multifaceted transition. Scepticism about representative democracy as a system of governance is growing and citizens across established democracies are withdrawing from politics. Their perception about the political world is impacted by transformations in the news media practices and by online content, including social media. Voting and party politics have been the basis of conventional interpretations of citizenship, but there is ample evidence that this conception is much too limited. New forms of communication are providing citizens with novel ways to gather information and to engage in politics.

Representing and Governing Citizens in Critical Times: After learning and practicing democratic citizenship, the next critical steps are representation and governance. Democratic institutions are key elements. They shape the norms and incentives for active citizenship and they link citizens and their representatives in ways that foster accountability, legitimacy and representation. Research on this axis will focus on the role of electoral systems, parliaments, parliamentary debates, and political parties.

This conference is open to students from all universities in all disciplines that share an interest in one of the Centre’s research areas. There is no registration fee. Participants registered at a Quebec university or in the Ottawa region, and who are coming in from outside Quebec City are eligible for a stipend from the CSDC to cover the costs of travel and lodging.

Students whose proposal have been accepted will be required to participate in all the activities of the conference and to submit a written communication in the form of a research note or paper no later than 10 days prior to the beginning of the conference. Each presenter will give a presentation of approximately 12 minutes on their proposed topic and act as a discussant for a paper presented by another student. Furthermore, we strongly encourage participants to submit a written communication of approximatively 4000 number of words. This directive aims to encourage participants to focus on the oral presentation of their research. Obviously, we will still accept longer written communications in the form of a scientific article. French will be the primary language of the conference; however, students are welcome to submit papers and present in English.

Students interested in presenting at the CSDC conference are invited to contact Florence Vallée-Dubois ( with the following information: (1) their first and last name, (2) their institutional email address, (3) their current level of study (Masters, PhD or Post-Doctorate), (4) the department and university with which they are affiliated, (5) their supervisor’s name and email address, (6) the title of their proposed paper, and (7) an abstract of around 250 words which presents the research questions, the theoretical approach, the methodology, and the planned status of the research at the time of the conference (project, or preliminary results and initial analysis, or completed results and analyses).

Deadline to submit proposals: January 15th, 2018

Notification of accepted proposals: Mid-February, 2018

Deadline to submit papers: April 3rd, 2018

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC) was established in 2008, funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (FRQ-SC). The Centre brings together a group of scholars from five Quebec universities addressing a wide range of questions relating to the relationship between citizens and the political process in a cross-disciplinary perspective. For more information on the CSDC, visit:

For more information on the conference, please contact the organizers: Florence Vallée-Dubois (; Antoine Bilodeau (

For information on past conferences click here.

CSDC Speaker Series: Jessica Gottlieb @ Room 404, Thomson House, McGill University
Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship presents:

Democratic Accountability and the Informal Sector: Evidence from Senegal

Jessica Gottlieb (Texas A&M University)

You can learn more about Professor Gottlieb by clicking here

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This series is sponsored by the Inter-university Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).

DEADLINE: applications Methods Training Grant CSDC
Apr 15 all-day
DEADLINE: applications Student Research Grants CSDC
Apr 15 all-day
6th International Workshop on Political Communication @ room GHK 2320-2330  of the Gene-H.-Kruger Building, Université Laval
Apr 20 – Apr 21 all-day

The Groupe de recherche en communication politique (GRCP) will hold the sixth edition of its International Workshop on Political Communication on April 20th and 21st 2018 at Université Laval in Quebec City. The international workshop is co-sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC).

The workshop will introduce participants to an overview of innovations in political communication research. Over two days, five leading political communication scholars will present current developments in subfields of the discipline, as well as discuss some of their most recent work with audience members.

This year’s presentations will focus on political mediatization, transformations of political journalism, populist political communication, the place of humor in political debates and citizen participation in digital political communication.

Our guest speakers are:

•    Joel Penney (Montclair State University, United-States)

•    Claudia Andrea Mellado Ruiz, (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile)

•    James Stanyer, (Loughborough University, England)

•    Nelly Quemener, (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France)

•    Frank Esser,  (University of Zurich, Switzerland)


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This year, the workshop will be held in room GHK 2320-2330  of the Gene-H.-Kruger Building, located at 2425 rue de la Terrasse, on Université Laval’s main campus in Québec City.

Attendance to the workshop is free, but as places are limited, those interested in attending must confirm their presence as soon as possible by completing the registration form. Please specify any food allergy or intolerance.

Hôtel Universel Québec 
The GRCP has booked a block of 15 rooms at l’Hôtel Universel Québec (, Just a 15-minute walk from Kruger Pavilion. Guestrooms feature full bathrooms, TVs, free wireless Internet access, access to swimming pool, Nordic spa, fitness room, and free parking. The rate is $ 85 + taxes for a room in single or double occupancy. Lunch coupons will also be available at a cost of $ 9.24 + taxes per person, service included. To book, simply call the Hôtel Universel at 1-800-463-4495 and mention the group name: GRCP 2018. The deadline to book at preferential rate is March 23, 2018.

Hôtel Champlain
Another block of 10 standard rooms is also available at the Hôtel Champlain ( Make sure to mention that you will be attending the Atelier International du GRCP to get a discount rate on standard rooms. If you book a room at the Hôtel Champlain, please notify us by email at once your reservation has been completed.

The Centre for the Study of Democratic citizenship will cover travel expenses for inter-regional travel between Montreal and Quebec City (up to 76$) and lodging for its members and students (2 nights) up to $85 + taxes per night. Students, post-doctoral fellows and members should send their request for funding before the event takes place to Funding applications are not accepted retroactively. Members and students need to make their own travel arrangements and book their hotel room (preferably at l’Hôtel Universel). The Centre will reimburse the expenses after the event took place.

All participants are also invited to take part in two dinners : one on Friday evening at the BECLUB bistro bar and the other one on saturday, at La brasserie Chez Jules, both located in Old Quebec. We invite you to indicate your presence at these dinners at the time of registration.

The detailed program will soon be available here:​.

For anys question, please contact us at
Looking forward to seeing you in Québec City in april.

​Virginie Hébert, Jean-Charles Del Duchetto and Thierry Giasson
Poster 6th International Workshop on Political Communication
Mini-Workshop on the “Theories of Lobbying” @ Room PK-1140, UQAM
Apr 27 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

 Mini-Workshop on the « Theories of Lobbying » 

Friday April 27th, 2018 

All are welcome! There is no registration fee, but please email one of the organizers if you plan on attending:
Arnaud Dellis (
Philippe De Donder ( )

Preliminary Program 

9 – 9.30 am: Registration.

9.30 – 10.45 am: Maik Schneider (University of Bath) – «Who writes the bill? The role of the agenda setter in legislative lobbying».

10.45 – 11.15 am: Coffee break.

11.15 am – 12.30 pm: Joe Lesica (Wilfrid Laurier University) – «Lobbying for minimum wage».

12.30 – 1.30 pm: Lunch.

1.30 – 2.45 pm: Ian Turner (Yale University) – «Lobbying as cooperative policy development» (with Keith Schnakenberg).

2.45 – 3.15 pm: Coffee break.

3.15 – 4.30 pm: Arnaud Dellis (ESG-UQAM) – «Informational lobbying and Pareto-improving agenda constraint» (with Mandar Oak).

7 pm: Dinner (upon invitation).

CSDC Speaker Series: Christopher Cochrane @ Ballroom, Thomson House, McGill University
May 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship presents:

Christopher Cochrane (University of Toronto)

You can learn more about Professor Cochrane by clicking here

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This series is sponsored by the Inter-university Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).

CSDC Speaker Series: Maarten Vink @ Room 404, Thomson House, McGill University
May 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship presents:

Immigrant Naturalization in Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden: Origin, Destination and Life Course in Longitudinal Perspective (1995-2015)

Maarten Vink (Maastricht University)

You can learn more about Professor Vink by clicking here

Abstract: What is the relative influence of characteristics associated with origin country (geographical distance, human development, political regime, dual citizenship acceptance) and the migrant life course (age at migration, marital status, children) on the propensity of immigrants to naturalize, and how do these factors condition the impact of changing citizenship policies in destination countries? Despite a thriving literature on immigrant naturalization, most studies focus on origin country and individual characteristics while attention to institutional variation at the destination country level remains more limited. Data limitations have resulted in analyses that focus mostly on single destination countries and rarely capture policy change over time. This paper draws on micro-level longitudinal data from population registers in Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden from 1995 to 2015. These data allow us to track the naturalization propensity of six migrant cohorts from up to 200 origin countries over a period of fifteen years for each cohort. The longitudinal and comparative design of the study enables an analysis of the influence of changing citizenship policies, covering both major institutional changes within countries over time (restrictions in Denmark in 2002, 2006, 2008 and dual citizenship acceptance in 2014; restriction in the Netherlands in 2003; acceptance of dual citizenship in Sweden in 2001) as well as a comparison of long-term differences between these countries.

For more information on the CSDC speaker series, please visit:

This series is sponsored by the Inter-university Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).