What is the CSDC?

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC) brings together a group of scholars from six Québec universities, who work on research related to democratic citizenship. Those universities are Concordia University, McGill University, Université Laval, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal and Téluq. The purpose of the Centre is to develop inter-disciplinary and multiple methodological perspectives in the study of challenges that democracies face in a rapidly changing world.

The Centre was established in 2008 under the leadership of Elisabeth Gidengil. In June, 2013 Dietlind Stolle became the new Director of the Centre. Allison Harell is the Associate Director of the CSDC. The Centre is currently comprised of 32 faculty members, nearly 140 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and 33 Canadian and international Associate members.

The Centre’s main goals are to promote scientific research on fundamental questions relating to democratic citizenship, to contribute to policy debates on strengthening democracy both in Canada and abroad, to take a leadership role in the development of large-scale cross-national research projects, and to provide an enriched training environment for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

CSDC researchers address a wide range of questions relating to the relationship between citizens and the political process. How do citizens decide who to vote for? Can citizens hold governments accountable? How do citizens form attitudes about public policy? What accounts for political participation, or, perhaps more importantly, a lack of political participation? What are the implications of social diversity for engagement, or policy support? These and related questions play a central role in the work pursued by scholars at the CSDC.

These pages provide information on CSDC members as well as our existing research activities, including recent research papers and upcoming workshops and seminars.

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact us by email, mail or phone.

For a quick overview of the CSDC, check out our infographic by clicking here.