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Noël, Alain

Full Professor


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Noël, Alain

Research expertise

My research work examines social policy and federalism from a comparative perspective, as well as Canadian and Quebec politics and, on a wider scale, the differences between the left and right in our democracies. In particular I am interested in public policies that address the crux of these differences, i.e. income distribution between citizens (poverty-reduction policies, income security policies to provide a guaranteed income for all and labour market policies).

In the past few years, I have been concentrating on the poverty-reduction strategies adopted by member states of the European Union and provincial governments here in Canada. I have also been interested in recent transformations in Canadian federalism (fiscal imbalance, bilateral and multilateral agreements on labour market policies, provincial policies concerning Aboriginals). All this research is based on the concept that, in a democracy, politics serves primarily to pit distinct conceptions of social justice against one another.

Areas of expertise


  • Alain Noël et Jean-Philippe Thérien, La gauche et la droite: un débat sans frontières, Montréal, Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2010 (traduction de: Left and Right in Global Politics, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008). 
  • Alain Noël, « Quebec’s New Politics of Redistribution », in Keith Banting and John Myles (eds.), The Fading of Redistributive Politics: Policy Change and Policy Drift in Canada, Vancouver, UBC Press, 2012 (à paraître). 
  • Alain Noël, « Fédéralisme d’ouverture et pouvoir de dépenser au Canada », Revista d’Estudis Autonòmics i Federals, Barcelone, 7, octobre 2008, pp. 10-36.
  • Alain Noël, « The New Global Politics of Poverty », Global Social Policy, 6, 3, December 2006, pp. 305-334.
  • Jean-Philippe Thérien et Alain Noël, « Political Parties and Foreign Aid », American Political Science Review, 94, 1, March 2000, pp. 151-62.

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