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Nadeau, Richard

Full Professor


  • Telephone 514-343-6111 #54799 Pav. PAV.M.CARON-L.GROULX-3200 J.B. \ Ext. C4030

Research expertise

My research concerns voter behaviour, public opinion and political communication. In particular, I am studying the contribution of long-term factors (ideology, partisanship, etc.) and short-term factors (leaders' images, issues) on voter behaviour. My work has helped me better understand how citizens form their perceptions of their political and economic environment and how these views influence their behaviour.

My work on economic voting has shed light on some little-known or neglected aspects of this phenomenon. For instance, I have shown the links between political institutions and the importance of economic voting, and illustrated the impact of households' net worth on their political behaviour. My work has also looked at leaders' images. I have measured their images and their impact on voters' choices. Lastly, I have studied parties' strategies for framing issues and showed that current theories on parties' strategic behaviour during electoral campaigns should be modified to reflect recent advances in the field of political communication. My work has covered a number of regions and countries (Quebec, Canada, United States, France, Great Britain, Scotland, Denmark, Venezuela, etc.), and major geographic areas (Europe, Latin America).

I have also contributed much scientifically accessible information in the media and frequently served as a consultant for the provincial and federal governments (in particular I have advised the Quebec Premier and the Leader of the Official Opposition) and many other organizations in Canada and abroad.

Areas of expertise


  • Éric Bélanger et Richard Nadeau (2009). Le comportement électoral des Québécois. Presses de l’Université de Montréal (Prix Donald Smiley, 2010)
  • Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Richard Nadeau et Angelo Elias (2008). « Economics, Party, and the Vote: Causality Issue and Panel Data ». American Journal of Political Science 52: 84-95.
  • Richard Nadeau et Michael S. Lewis-Beck (2001). "National Economic Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections". Journal of Politics 63: 159-181.  
  • Richard Nadeau, Richard G. Niemi et Timothy Amato (1995). « Emotions, Issue Importance and Political Learning », American Journal of Political Science 39: 558-574.
  • Richard Nadeau, Richard G. Niemi et Timothy Amato (1994). « Expectations and Preferences in British General Elections », American Political Science Review 88: 371-383.

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