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Why do Publics Support Minority Governments? Three Tests


With Y. Dufresne. Parliamentary Affairs (2012): 1-16. First-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral rules usually produce legislative majorities. But minority governments appear to be an increasingly common electoral outcome in political systems operating under those rules. What, then, drives citizens views about minority governments? The Canadian case is instructive; it operates under FPTP rules and has recently experienced three […]

Support for Minority Government: Three Tests


Yannick Dufresne (University of Toronto), Neil Nevitte (University of Toronto), André Blais (Université de Montréal) Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association National Conference , Chicago, IL, April 1, 2011. Conventional wisdom has it that first-past-the-post electoral rules usually produce legislative majorities. But minority governments appear to be an increasingly common electoral outcome even in […]

Political Judgments, Perceptions of Facts and Partisan Effects


André Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil, Patrick Fournier, Neil Nevitte, Joanna Everitte, and Jiyoon Kim. Electoral Studies 29:1 (2010): 1-12. We test two competing hypotheses about the impact of partisanship and information on people’s political judgments and perceptions of facts using Canadians’ reactions to a major scandal. Our findings with respect to subjective political judgments confirm the […]

The Development of Dual Loyalties: Immigrants’ Integration to Canadian Regional Dynamics


With A. Bilodeau and S. White. Canadian Journal of Political Science 43:3 (2010): 1-30. The transformations in recent patterns of immigration have the potential to reshape the trajectory of Canada’s regional political dynamics. Drawing on data from the 1993–2006 Canadian Election Studies, this analysis explores how immigrants adjust to the prevailing regional political norms in Quebec, […]

Information, Visibility and Elections: Why Electoral Outcomes Differ When Voters Are Better Informed


A. Blais, E. Gidengil, P. Fournier, N. Nevitte. European Journal of Political Research 48:2 (2009): 256-280. This article assesses the aggregate effect of information shortfall on the outcome of the last six Canadian elections. Building on Bartels’ analysis, the authors find an information effect in three of the six elections examined, and in each case the […]

Election Campaigns as Information Campaigns: Who Learns What and Does It Matter?


“Election Campaigns as Information Campaigns: Who Learns What and Does It Matter?” (with Richard Nadeau, Andre Blais and Elisabeth Gidengil) Political Communication 25(3), 229-248. During election campaigns political parties compete to inform voters about their leaders, the issues, and where they stand on these issues. In that sense, election campaigns can be viewed as a […]

The Political Resocialization of Immigrants: Resistance or Life-long Learning


“The Political Resocialization of Immigrants: Resistance or Life-long Learning.” 2008. (N. Nevitte, S. White, A. Blais, E. Gidengil and P. Fournier) Political Research Quarterly (61): 268: 281.

Do Views About Minority Government Matter?


 “Do Views About Minority Government Matter?” with A. Blais, J. Everitt, P. Fournier and E. Gidengil. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Chicago, IL, August 30-September 2, 2007.

Does Low Turnout Matter? Evidence from the 2000 Canadian Federal Election


“Does Low Turnout Matter? Evidence from the 2000 Canadian Federal Election.” (with D. Rubenson, A. Blais, P. Fournier and E. Gidengil) Electoral Studies 26:3 (June 2007): 442-450.

How Voters Perceive the Prime Minister’s Role in a Scandal: A Panel Study


“How Voters Perceive the Prime Minister’s Role in a Scandal: A Panel Study,” with A. Blais, J. Everitt, P. Fournier and E. Gidengil. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Philadelphia, PA, August 30-September 3, 2006.