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Montpetit, Éric

Full Professor


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Montpetit, Éric

Research expertise

For over 10 years now, I have been conducting research on public policy in Canada, but also in the United States and Europe. The study of public policy is particularly important since it is the most tangible result of government activities. Both elected and unelected political stakeholders are involved in creating this policy, and standards and institutions come into play. In short, public policy analysis is a window on the workings of democracy. Unlike the writings of political pundits and journalists, my analyses underscore the successes of North American and European democracies.

In my recent work, I have shown that disagreements among players in policy development do not have the negative effects ascribed to them by the media. Such conflicts do not lead to the blockages and suboptimal decisions predicted by political commentators and theoreticians. In fact the opposite is true, in that such disagreements sometimes lead to the development of innovative and more legitimate policies.

My current research is also aimed at demystifying the role of science in conflicts in developing public policy.

Areas of expertise


  • Montpetit, Éric, (2003), Misplaced Distrust: Policy Networks and the Environment in France, the United States, and Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Montpetit, Éric (2009), "Governance and Policy Learning in the European Union: A Comparison with North America", Journal of European Public Policy. 16: 1185-1203.
  • Montpetit, Éric and Christian Rouillard (2008), "Cultures and the Democratization of Risk Management: The Widening Biotechnology Gap Between Canada and France", Administration and Society, 39: 907-930.
  • Montpetit, Éric, Christine Rothmayr and Frédéric Varone (2005), "Institutional Vulnerability to Social Constructions: Federalism, Target Populations and Policy Designs for Assisted Reproductive Technology in Six Democracies", Comparative Political Studies, 38: 119-142.
  • Montpetit, Éric (2002), "Policy Networks, Federal Arrangements and the Development of Environmental Regulations: A Comparison of the Canadian and American Agricultural Sectors", Governance: An International Journal of Policy and Administration 15: 1-20.

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