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On the Rise of Happiness in Japan: An Underachiever No More


Asteion 79: (2014): 213-246. Commentators have expressed interest in levels of happiness in Japan for more than three decades (Nishiyama, 1976). Greater international attention was drawn to the Japanese case in part as a consequence of findings reported in Ronald Inglehart’s seminal Culture Shift(1990). Drawing on cross-national comparative survey evidence from the 1981 and 1990 […]

Scapegoating: Unemployment, far-right parties and anti-immigrant sentiment


With C. Cochrane. Comparative European Politics 12: (2014): 1-32. Far-right parties blame immigrants for unemployment. We test the effects of the unemployment rate on public receptivity to this rhetoric. The dependent variable is anti-immigrant sentiment. The key independent variables are the presence of a far-right party and the level of unemployment. Building from influential elite-centered theories […]

Earning their support: Feelings Towards Canada Among Recent Immigrants


With S. White and A. Bilodeau. Ethnic and Racial Studies 38:2 (2013): 292-308. This article examines the factors that lie behind Canada’s success at earning the support of its newcomers. It examines the extent to which feelings towards Canada are grounded in immigrants’ experiences in the host country, predispositions inherited from their lives prior to migration, […]

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 […]

Attitudes towards Faculty Unions and Collective Bargaining in American and Canadian Universities


With I. Katchanovski and S. Rothman. Industrial Relations 66:3 (2011): 349-373. This study analyzes attitudes towards faculty unions and collective bargaining among faculty and administrators in the United States and Canada. This is the first study which compares support for unionization and collective bargaining in American and Canadian universities among faculty members and administrators. The main […]

Deliberation from Within: Changing One’s Mind During an Interview


With P. Fournier, M. Turgeon, A. Blais, J. Everitt and E. Gidengil. Political Psychology 32 (2011): 885-919. This article examines whether a public opinion survey can improve the quality of political attitudes. More specifically, we argue that simply positioning a summary attitudinal question after a balanced series of relevant items can increase people’s ability to answer 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 […]