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Bherer, Laurence

Associate Professor


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Bherer, Laurence

Research expertise

My teaching and research revolve around two topics relating to democratic practices. My first interest is participation by citizens in public administration, also known as public participation, participative democracy or governance. The introduction of a more interactive style of formulating public policy is one of the most interesting political and administrative phenomena in recent decades, as it is gradually transforming relations among citizens, their elected officials and public administrations. I am especially interested in the origins, effects and distribution of means for allowing this type of participation. My second research theme is local democracy, i.e. its institutions, reforms and players and intergovernmental relations. In Canada, this is a relatively little-known field of political science, while in many European countries and the United States, it is a valuable political space for studying public policy and the workings of representative institutions. From this perspective, my current research deals with local elections, metropolitan governance and public transit policies.

Areas of expertise


  • Bherer, L. et S. Breux. 2012. «The Diversity of Participation Tools : Complementing or Competiting with one Another?».   Canadian journal of political science. 45 (02) : 379-403
  • Bherer, Laurence. 2011. «Les relations ambiguës entre participation et politiques publiques». Participations - revue de sciences sociales sur la citoyenneté et la démocratie. 1 (1) : 105-133. 
  • Breux, S. et L. Bherer (dir.). 2011. Les élections municipales au Québec : Enjeux et perspectives. Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval.
  • Bherer, L. 2010. «Successfull and unsuccessful Participatory Arrangements : Why is There a Participatory Movement at the Local Level?». Journal of Urban Affairs. 32 (2) : 287-303.
  • Bherer, L. et G. Sénécal. 2010. «Metropolitan Region». Dans R. Hutchison (dir.). Encyclopedia of urban studies. Sage Publication

Courses given in the School this term

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