Delighted to learn that three of my graduate students were awarded Fonds de recherché du Québec- Sociéte et culture (FRQSC) fellowships! Eric Guntermann will do his postdoc with Gabriel Lenz at UC Berkeley; Jean-François Daoust, who was also awarded the SSHRC post-doc fellowship, will work with Éric Bélanger at McGill and Fernando Feitosa was awarded funding for his PhD studies. Fully deserved! I look forward to reading their publications in the years to come!
Au cours des trois dernières décennies, on a assisté à une baisse quasi généralisée de la participation électorale au niveau mondial, incluant au Canada et au Québec. Les professeurs André Blais et Ruth Dassonneville discutent avec Maxime Coulombe d’une solution souvent envisagée pour ce problème, le vote obligatoire, en analysant sa mise en oeuvre dans différents pays, dont l'Australie, la Belgique et le Brésil. Peut-on appliquer cette solution au Canada? Quels seraient ses effets sur le vote, aux paliers fédéral, provincial et municipal? Est-ce une bonne idée?
Vous pouvez accéder au balado ici.
André Blais reçoit le Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 de la American Political Science Association. Ce prix annuel célèbre les accomplissements d'un/e chercheur/e ayant contribué de manière significative à l'étude de la politique canadienne tout au long de sa carrière, soit en faisant du Canada l'objet principal de ses analyses politiques, soit en s'intéressant au Canada dans le cadre d'analyses comparatives. Parmi les récipiendaire du prix, on compte notamment Keith Banting (Queen's University, 2016), Lawrence LeDuc (University of Toronto, 2015) et Jill Vickers (Carleton University, 2010).
André Blais est titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en études électorales. Ses recherches et publications ont établi d'importants réseaux de recherche liant le Canada à la communauté mondiale de politologues. Elles ont également encouragé l'étude du Canada à titre de cas important dans l'analyse comparée de la politique électorale et des systèmes de scrutin. Ses recherches ont mené à des avancées significatives dans plusieurs domaines de la politique canadienne et de la politique comparée : la participation politique, l'opinion publique, le comportement électoral, les campagnes électorales, l'imputabilité démocratique, les systèmes électoraux, l'impact des institutions et les politiques publiques. André Blais est également un des pionniers du recours aux méthodes expérimentales en science politique.
Le Département offre ses félicitations les plus chaleureuses. Bravo André!
I shared my thoughts on youth voter turnout with the Star here.
The Supreme Court of Canada has begun to hear a case on whether long-term Canadian expatriates should have the right to vote. Very happy to see Semra Sevi interviewed with CTV News on such an important topic. Great job. Congrats! To watch her interview click here.
Articles she wrote on the topic:
Reframing the debate over expat voting
Why is Ottawa still defending disenfranchisement of expats?
Canadian expatriates should never lose the right to vote
Alexandra Manoliu, candidate au doctorat, a reçu une bourse de stage en milieu pratique (BSMP) du Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC). D'un montant de 9000$, la bourse favorise la collaboration entre le milieu universitaire et les organisations des secteurs public, parapublic et privé. Elle soutient également les milieux de pratique dans leur effort d'intégrer au marché du travail des personnes détenant un diplôme ou en formation de recherche à la maîtrise ou en doctorat.
Alexandra effectuera un stage à l'Institut du Nouveau Monde, un organisme non partisan dont la mission est d’accroître la participation des citoyens à la vie démocratique.
Toutes nos félicitations!
Très heureux d’apprendre que le FQRSC a reconnu que Filip Kostelka est un jeune chercheur étoile. Et félicitations à Filip pour cet impressionnant article publié dans la meilleure revue de la discipline.
Thanks so much to Orit Kedar for organizing this awesome conference ‘New developments in the Study of Representation and Electoral Systems’ in Jerusalem. I missed the snow, the title was way too long, and there should have been a question mark, BUT I enjoyed every minute of it. A hugely important topic, an amazing set of scholars from all over the world, and constructive and insightful exchanges. I feel privileged to have been part of it, and I look forward to reading Orit’s superb book, One State, Many Electoral Systems Systems: How Districts Affect Representation (still a bit too long for my taste!).
Très heureux de voir que le FQRSC a reconnu l’excellente recherche publiée par la stagiaire post-doctorale de la Chaire. Félicitations à Valérie-Anne Valerie!
I shared my views on supervising a post-doc for the CPSA Career Blog
Supervising a graduate student is one of the most rewarding activities of a faculty member. Supervising a post-doc is a treat, a privilege, and a responsibility.
There are two types of post-doc, and it is important to distinguish them. There are those who have their own funding and their own project. You are the supervisor and your job depends on what the post-doc expects from you. At a minimum, you will provide comments on first drafts of papers. At a maximum, you will be asked to comment on the design of the study, the methodological choices to be made, the preliminary findings, the framing of the paper, and the many different drafts, plus suggestions about where to present and submit, and advice when the (alas often) reject decision comes in. In some cases, you will become a co-author. This is easy and fun. The collaboration can be intense and stimulating, or relaxed but still quite interesting.
The second type of post-doc is the one that you are funding yourself (or your team or research centre). This is a post-doc that you have chosen after some selection process. If (like me!) you have good judgment, then you have an extremely clever and dynamic young researcher who will be working with you, and this is awesome…There is one disadvantage. The post-doc position entails some duties that the post-doc will need to fulfill and that may not be the most stimulating for the post-doc and that will take time away from writing and publishing, which are the most important things that the post-doc needs to do to be competitive on the market and get a tenure track job.
You are paying the post-doc and this means that the post-doc needs to perform a number of tasks for you (or the team or the research centre). This needs to be said clearly. Ideally, the tasks that need to be performed should be laid out precisely but my experience is that it is very difficult to anticipate these tasks with any detail, which is no excuse for not trying to be as explicit as possible. What I have found useful is to tell the post-doc how much time she will have to devote to her own research, collaborative research, and all kinds of administrative duties. This is also tough to estimate but this makes the point that you expect the post-doc to do several things, whether she likes it or not, but also to leave her time to advance her own research and career profile.
Supervising a post-doc is a treat and a privilege. This provides you with a golden opportunity to collaborate with someone who is probably brighter than you, and more up to date with the recent literature and methodology, but who still has a few things to learn from you about how social science works. There is no free ride and this entails responsibilities. You want the post-doc to succeed in her career and you need to make sure that the tasks she needs to perform does not prevent her from being successful. Enjoy the experience. It is fun. I strongly recommend it.
One final word. Short-term (less than two years) post-docs are a challenge. As soon as the person arrives, she needs to think about applying to new positions and it is much more difficult for the post-doc to fully integrate into the new research environment.
I enjoy being invited to international universities. I made a presentation Is Voting a Habit? at the Political Behaviour Seminar Series at LSE today. Stimulating exchanges! And I got to do research with a former postdoctoral researcher of mine, Damien Bol.
I also went to Belgium and Spain. Great exchanges, but now back to work.
Very happy to see my postdoctoral fellow, Eric Guntermann, write and be interviewed about what is happening in Catalonia! To follow his most recent appearances see the following links:
Very delighted that Semra Sevi, my PhD student, won the Richard J. Schmeelk award (she was also awarded the FRQSC fellowship)! Read more about her many accomplishments here. Very proud!
My MA student, Grégoire Saint-Martin-Audet won the prize for the best presentation by a master’s student, at the 2017 edition of the CSDC Graduate Student Conference in Quebec. He presented his work on his work on the effect of populations’ heterogeneity on the relation between political institutions and voter turnout. He found that while federalism and proportional representation have a positive impact on voter turnout in homogeneous societies, a higher level of ethnic heterogeneity decreases this positive effect. In fact, when a population is highly heterogeneous, proportional representation doesn’t have any effect on voter turnout, while federalism decreases it.
Congratulations also to my PhD student, Alexandra Manoliu’s, who received recognition on her work on how political TV series are creating cynicism among their audiences
Congratulations to my postdoctoral fellow, Filip Kostelka, who won the Mattei Dogan prize for the best dissertation in comparative politics.
A fully deserved award. Top quality research by an outstanding scholar!
Je viens de faire une entrevue pour l’émission À Force de Chercher à la radio CISM, au sujet des recherches menées par la Chaire de recherche en études électorales. Ici: http://cism893.ca/emissions/a-force-de-chercher/
Merci à Coraline Marathon pour une entrevue fort intéressante.
Bittersweet moment. We had a total of 10 presentations followed by very fruitful exchanges. Everybody was fully engaged. Directing this 8 year project was a pure dream. I highly recommend. Thanks to all the collaborators and their willingness to participate in this project.
Left to Right: Indridi H Indridason, William Cross, Elisabeth Gidengil, Laura Stephenson, Semra Sevi, Karine Van der Straeten, André Blais, Jean-François Daoust, Marian Bohl, Thomas Gschwend, Jean-François Laslier, Maxime Coulombe, Martial Foucault, Fernando Feitosa, Romain Lachat, Filip Kostelka, Damien Bol, Ignacio Lago, Henry Milner, David Austen-Smith.
Last week, I judged the CPSA poster session with Alison Smith (University of Toronto) and David McGrane (University of Saskatchewan). I very much enjoyed the experience. I was so impressed with the quality of the presentations and the participants’ responses to our questions. Congrats to the winner, Rob Currie-Wood (Carleton), and runners-up Shuai Jin (Iowa) and Hannah Forsyth (Ontario Legislature intern). Keep up the great work!
I am proud that my PhD student, Ioana Alexandra Manoliu, won the 3MT award. Her presentation was clear and to the point. She was able to convince us that we should read the dissertation, Does My Favourite Political TV Series Make Me Cynical?, Bravo!
Hier j’ai eu le plaisir de faire une présentation sur la participation électorale et politique à l’Université d’été sur la démocratie (thème: la participation démocratique) organisée par la Chaire de recherche sur la démocratie et les institutions parlementaires de l’Université Laval en partenariat avec Sciences Po Bordeaux et l’Université libre de Bruxelles, qui se tient à l’Université Laval du 23 au 27 mai 2017.
Following the French presidency debate, Agnès Gruda, Marc-Antoine Dilhac and I shared our thoughts at a round table moderated by Anne-Laure Mahé. The event was organized by CERIUM.
Today, I attended the CÉRIUM and l'AÉSPÉIUM's Presidential Buffet to watch and discuss the live result of the first round of the French presidential election (with colleagues Philippe Faucher, Ruth Dassonneville, Henry Milner and George H. Ross).
On April 3, Global Affairs invited Jon Pammett and I to share our experiences and research in the area of elections with the Bolivian Supreme Electoral Tribunal. It was great to speak to Bolivia's Ambassador who is committed to democracy and making the democratic institutions in Bolivia work.
Last week, I had the privilege to judge The Political Science Students' Association's Political Science Games! The Political Science Games is an academic competition that pit 18 teams of McGill's best and brightest against one another in a two-part contest featuring a case competition on electoral reform and a European Council simulation
I spoke to LeDevoir about Québec Solidaire here
In this section, I will post things I am involved in. I started this section in March 2017 so I will try to include relevant past activities as well.