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Lachapelle, Erick

Associate Professor


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Lachapelle, Erick

Research expertise

My research interests mainly concern the political economics of environmental and energy issues at different levels. I focus primarily on North American territories, from a perspective of international comparisons. I am interested, first of all, in understanding how political players forge their preferences and behaviour in relation to complex issues, so as to explain why governments adopt certain environmental and energy policies. At both the micro and macro levels, my research is aimed at understanding how these players' interests and preferences shape the institutional context in which they operate.

This work has led me to study different factors, such as the role of experts and interest groups, partisan ideology, risk perceptions, voter preferences and the regional concentration of resources and interests (in connection with voting rules, electoral boundaries and federalism). I am actively working on 5 projects, several of them funded by different public- and private-sector sources, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC), Canada's Public Policy Forum (PPF) and Sustainable Prosperity (SP).

Areas of expertise


  • Lachapelle, Erick, Richard Nadeau, Simon Guertin-Armstrong, Louis Beaumier et Miguel Anjos. 2015. “Feeling the Heat? The Paradox of Public Opinion and Climate Change Policy in Canada: Toward a New Research Agenda” Rapport de l’Institut de l’énergie Trottier. Online.

  • Montpetit, Éric et Erick Lachapelle. 2015. “Information, Values and Expert Decision-Making: The Case of Soil Decontamination” Policy Sciences (On line)

  • Houle, David, Erick Lachapelle et Mark Purdon. 2015. “The Comparative Politics of Sub-Federal Cap-and-Trade: Implementing the Western Climate Initiative” Global Environmental Politics 15(3): 49-73.

  • *Montpetit, Éric et Erick Lachapelle. 2015. “Can Policy Actors Learn from Academic Scientists?” Environmental Politics 24(5) : 661-680.

  • *Gravelle, Timothy B. and Erick Lachapelle. 2015. “Politics, Proximity and the Pipeline: Mapping Public Attitudes toward Keystone XL” Energy Policy 83: 99-108.

  • Lachapelle, Erick, Éric Montpetit et Jean-Philippe Gauvin. 2014. Public perceptions of expert credibility on policy issues: The role of expert framing and political worldviews. Policy Studies Journal.
  • Morin-Chassé, Alexandre et Erick Lachapelle. 2015. Experimental Research. Dans Explorations : Conducting Empirial Research in Canadian Political Science dirigé par K. Archer et L. Berdahl. New York : Oxford University Press.

  • Purdon, Mark, David Houle et Erick Lachapelle. 2014. L’économie politique des systèmes de plafonnement et d’échange de droits d’émission de la Californie et du Québec. Ottawa : Sustainable Prosperity.
  • Houle, David, Erick Lachapelle et Barry G. Rabe. 2014. Climate compared : Sub-federal dominance on a global issue. Dans Comparing Canada : Methods and Perspectives on Canadian Politics, dirigé par L. Turgeon, J. Walner, M. Papillon et S. White. Vancouver : UBC Press.

  • Montpetit, Éric et Erick Lachapelle. 2013. L’opinion des Québécois sur les gaz de schiste : Une comparaison avec la Pennsylvanie et le Michigan. Québec : Évaluation environnementale stratégique sur le gaz de schiste.
  • Lachapelle, Erick et Matthew Paterson. 2013. Drivers of national climate policy. Climate Policy 13 (5) : 547-71.
  • Lachapelle, Erick, Christopher P. Borick et Barry G. Rabe. 2012. Public attitudes toward climate science and climate policy in federal systems : Canada and the United States compared. Review of Policy Research 29 (3) : 334-57.

Directed theses and dissertations available in Papyrus