Department of Political Science
Program: PhDSupervisor: Éric Bélanger
Title: Micro-ciblage et polarisation partisane lors de l'élection canadienne de 2015
My master's thesis explores the relationship between the use of microtargeting by political parties and partisan attachment. Many scholars make the assumption that exposure to communications that are congruent with voters ideology or interests, a key component of microtargeting, can increase partisan polarization. We provide a first empirical test for this argument focusing on the 2015 Canadian election. A new index based on voters predicted participation and level of support for parties that have contacted them is used as a proxy for microtargeting. According to the evidence reported, microtargeting doesnt impact the perception of differences between parties. However, it increases the strength of voters party identification and significantly reduces the probability that they change their vote choice during the campaign. Microtargeting can thus lead to the creation of stronger bonds between citizens and parties and make voters less likely to defect from their party.
FRQSC Doctoral Research Scholarship (2018-2021) SSHRC Masters Scholarship (2017-2018) Jocelyne Dion Award (highest-ranking student of the B.Sc. in Political Science)
Research InterestsNew Communication Technology
Public opinion and political preferences