Category Archives: Blog

I usually vote but I didn’t vote this time

By Alexandre Morin-Chassé, Université de Montréal Damien Bol, King’s College London The goal of our research project is to improve the quality of post-election survey data on electoral turnout by reducing abstainers’ tendency to lie. Usually, the turnout reported in post-election surveys is much higher than in reality, and this is partly due to abstainers […]

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Partisanship, Information, and Perceptions of Government corruption

By André Blais, Université de Montréal Elisabeth Gidengil, McGill Université Anja Kilibarda, Columbia University   What’s the story? Recent research suggests that trust in governments in postindustrial democracies has eroded. In fact, citizens increasingly believe that governments are unresponsive to their needs, and they frequently hold politics and politicians in low esteem. Perceptions of corruption […]

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Will PEI change its electoral system?

By Katherine V.R. Sullivan, Université de Montréal What’s the story? Prince Edward Island is inviting Islanders to take part in an electoral reform plebiscite over a 10-day period between October 29th and November 7th. This extraordinary plebiscite will not only ask citizens to express their preferences about five different electoral systems, it will also allow […]

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Correct voting and post-election regret

By André Blais Université de Montréal Anja Kilibarda Columbia University What’s the story? Elections are often seen as a way for citizens to communicate their views. However, much research has shown that many voters are not well informed about the issues of the day. This raises the question whether some people make the wrong choice. […]

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A new standard for evaluating the performance of electoral democracy

By André Blais, Eric Guntermann & Marc A. Bodet   What is the story? We propose a simple and original standard for evaluating the performance of electoral democracies: the degree of correspondence between citizens’ party preferences and the party composition of the cabinet.   The criteria We propose three criteria for assessing the correspondence between […]

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Do Citizens Feel Well Represented?

By Katherine V. R. Sullivan, Université de Montréal What is the story? Elections are designed to ensure that citizens’ views are taken into account by the political decision-makers. The hope is that voters will support the candidates/parties that represent their viewpoints and that as a consequence their views will have an indirect influence on the […]

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Democracy and football

By Ignacio Lago, Univesitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona * The influence of politics on sports and more specifically on football (soccer) has been widely discussed, but no hard empirical evidence can be found in political science, economics or sports science research. We fill this gap by examining whether the competitive balance in football domestic leagues (i.e. […]

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Is Duverger’s Law Valid?

By André Blais, Université de Montréal* I examine Duverger’s law according to which « the plurality rule leads to a two party system. » I am interested in the party system at the electoral level, that is, the distribution of votes among the parties. Even though I show that the contemporary evidence tends to disconfirm Duverger’s law, I […]

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How to reform European elections?

By Damien Bol, King’s College London What is the story? The EU is at a critical moment in its development. Many citizens express a negative attitude towards European integration and do not trust European decision makers. A proposal that has been put forward to mitigate this problem, and to help European representatives gain the confidence […]

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Strategic Voting

By Jean-François Daoust (Université de Montréal) and Damien Bol (King’s College London) What Is The Story? The concept of strategic voting is widely used by political parties and the media. It is assumed to be a widespread behaviour because Canada has a “winner-takes-all” electoral system. But what is the actual proportion of strategic votes? To […]

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