Public opinion

Peer reviewed articles

Public Opinion, Turnout and Social Policy

Abstract According to democratic theory, policy responsiveness is a key characteristic of democratic government: citizens’ preferences should affect policy outcomes. Empirically, however, the connection between public opinion and policy is not self-evident and is increasingly challenged. Using an originally constructed dataset with information from 21 OECD countries between 1980 and 2014, our research design allows […] Read more


New publication

The article ‘About time: age, period, and cohort effects on support for Quebec sovereignty‘, co-authored by Florence Vallée-Dubois, Ruth Dassonneville and Jean-François Godbout is now available online. The article is forthcoming in Nations and Nationalism.   Abstract Can age, period and cohort effects help explain support for Quebec sovereignty? Previous work on this question has […] Read more


New research project: Elections as a Linkage Mechanism between Public Opinion and Policy Outcomes, a longitudinal and comparative analysis

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has announced the results of the February 2017 competition of its Insight Development Grants program. One of the funded research projects is a project on ‘Elections as a Linkage Mechanism between Public Opinion and Policy Outcomes’, that will be supervised by Ruth Dassonneville.   Summary of the […] Read more