André Blais

Université de Montreal

Department of Political Science
Address: Pav. PAV.M.CARON-L.GROULX-3200 J.B. \ bur. C4040
Tel: 514-343-6111 #40564

André Blais is a Professor of Political Science at Université de Montréal. As a specialist in the study of elections, he has interests in the fields of voting behaviour, public opinion, electoral systems, and political participation. As well as exploring the behaviour of voters and parties during 26 elections held in 5 countries through the Making Electoral Democracy Work (MEDW) Project, Professor Blais also researches the comparative behaviour of voters and parties in the context of regional, national, and European elections. His work makes use of a variety of quantitative methods, such as surveys and experiments. He is the Chair of Electoral Studies at Université de Montréal.

Research Axis
Axis 2: Practicing Citizenship in a Skeptical World - The practice of democratic citizenship is undergoing a multifaceted transition. There are fundamental changes in conceptions of democratic citizenship and in its practice as well as the targets of citizen action. 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.

Axis 3: 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. In Québec and Canada, as well as in other countries, confidence of citizens toward the institutions is low, as many dislike the way that members of parliaments behave and consider that politicians don’t honour their promises, hence various political endeavours to reform these institutions. Research on this axis will focus on the role of electoral systems, parliaments, parliamentary debates, and political parties.

POL 6601 - Séminaire de sythèse: Forces et comportemenets politiques.

Danielle Anne Mayer, PhD
(Start: 2017)

Emmanuel Heisbourg, PhD
(Start: 2018)
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Fernando Feitosa, PhD
(Start: 2016)

Maxime Coulombe, PhD
(Start: 2018)