Éric Bélanger

McGill University

Department of Political Science
Address: 3610 McTavish, Rm 26-3
Tel: 514-398-4400 Ext 094127
Email: eric.belanger3@mcgill.ca

PhD in Political Science, University of Montreal, 2003

Éric Belanger is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Quebec Studies Program at McGill University. Though centered around Quebec and Canadian politics, his research focuses on the general themes of political parties, public opinion, and voting behaviour using a variety of quantitative methods. Some of his prior research has been concerned with economic voting and Quebec provincial elections. He is also involved in research projects studying voting behaviour in Latin America, as well as a comparison of nationalism in Quebec and Scotland.

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.

Mathieu Lavigne, PhD
(Start: 2018)


Valérie-Anne Mahéo,
Start: 2018
Finish: 2020