Université de Montreal
Department of Political Science
Program: PhDSupervisor: André Blais
Co-supervisor: Ruth Dassonneville
Title: Why Should Citizens Vote? A Comprehensive Investigation of the Alleged Civic Duty to Vote
Scholars have shown that civic duty constitutes an important predictor of turnout, solving the so-called paradox of voting. However, little is known about civic duty. I propose to fill in the gap by investigating 1) individuals perceived obligations as citizens in a democracy, 2) the cross-national differences in civic duty, 3) the importance and stability of civic duty across different levels of election, 4) the scaled-nature of civic duty, and 5) the impact of compulsory voting on civic duty. I intend to pursue this research making use of advanced quantitative methods of analysis, applied to several national election surveys.
Fernando is recipient of the Mitacs Globalink Fellowship for both Master's and PhD programs, as well as the DAAD-Stibet and GKS scholarships for year-long exchanges in Germany and South Korea. Fernando is also recipient of the FESP-Bourse A for directly entering (without a dissertation) the PhD program at the University of Montreal.