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Blais, André

Full Professor

  • Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies


  • Telephone 514-343-6111 #40564 Pav. PAV.M.CARON-L.GROULX-3200 J.B. \ Ext. C4040
Blais, André

Research expertise

My research concentrates on elections. I am currently directing a vast research project (Making Electoral Democracy Work) that examines and compares the behaviour of voters and parties in 26 elections in 5 countries (Canada, France, Spain, Germany and Switzerland), using surveys and a grid analyzing the parties' strategies. I am particularly interested in the individual and contextual factors (especially electoral rules) that affect people's decision on whether or not to vote and whether they cast their votes on the basis of their beliefs or strategically.

In recent years I have started conducting electoral experiments in the laboratory. Lastly, I am Chair of the Planning Committee of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES), which works to compare voter behaviour in over 50 countries.

I also hold the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies.

Areas of expertise


  • William Cross et André Blais. Politics at the Centre: The Selection and Removal of Party Leaders in the Anglo Parliamentary Democracies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • André Blais, To Vote Or Not To Vote? The Merits and Limits of Rational Choice, Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000.
  • André Blais et Daniel Rubenson, “The Source of Turnout Decline: New Values or New Contexts?” Comparative Political Studies, à venir.
  • André Blais, Romain Lachat, Airon Hino, et Pascal Doray-Demers, “The Mechanical and Psychological Effects of Electoral Systems.” Comparative Political Studies. 44 (2011): 1599-1621.
  • André Blais, Simon Labbé St-Vincent, Jean-François Laslier, Nicolas Sauger, et Karine van der Straeten, “Strategic Vote Choice in One Round and Two Round Elections : An Experimental Study.” Political Research Quarterly, 20 (2011): 637-646.

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