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Jean-François Daoust

Jean-François is a PhD candidate in political science at University of Montreal. Public opinion, electoral behavior and methodology.

Jean-François is a PhD candidate in political science at University of Montreal. His main research interests include public opinion, electoral behavior, methodology and political communication. Jean-François has notably worked on strategic voting and the impact of new medias on voters' level of information.
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A Referendum Rarely Leads To Electoral Reform

Justin Trudeau said he was favourable to changing the electoral system and that he would prefer alternative voting to our actual majoritarian system. What would be the alternative? And what considerations should we have in mind when discussing whether to implement it by referendum or not?
12/17/2015 11:23 EST
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What Do We Know About Strategic Voting?

The concept of strategic voting is widely used by political parties and the media since the beginning of the campaign. It is assumed that it is a widespread behaviour because Canada has a "winner-takes-all" electoral system. There are two very simple conditions for a vote to be qualified as strategic: first, a voter must not vote for her preferred party, and second, behave this way in order to block a worse option. As we shall see, this straightforward definition has enormous consequences when it comes to quantifying strategic voting.
08/17/2015 12:21 EDT