Representing Diversity: Riding Associations, Minority Candidates and Minority Constituencies in Canada

My current SSHRC-funded project (2013-2018) examines the impact of election district demography on the selection of minority candidates for the Canadian Parliament by riding associations and parties.

Specifically, the project addresses the following research questions:

Do associations nominate more minority candidates in districts with a high proportion of minorities? Do associations with significant minority leadership and membership tend to nominate more minority candidates? Do the leadership and membership of associations reflect the minority composition of ridings? Under what circumstances do riding associations nominate minority candidates in competitive and non-competitive ridings? Do these patterns, if they exist, vary by party, region, and minority group? What role do national parties play (encouraging minority candidate recruitment; overruling riding association choices; etc.)?

This project is an outgrowth of my prior work on minority political representation. I discuss some of that research in this talk at Concordia University, sponsored by the Department of Political Science and le Centre Métropolis du Québec.

Electoral Redistricting and Minority Political Representation in Canada and the United States (February 2, 2012)

Finally, in this report, I analyze the demographic and political characteristics of the proposed federal ridings in Quebec:

Analysis of Proposed Federal Ridings in Quebec (September 14, 2012)

Rethinking National Minority Representation

A second, related project (with co-investigator Mike Medeiros, Political Science, University of Montreal) explores options for increasing the political representation of national minorities in Canada. We examine various options, including the creation of non-contiguous ridings. This work has been funded by SSHRC and the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship.

We lay out some of the issues at stake in this Op-Ed in the Montreal Gazette:

It's time for effective representation for national minorities (April 27, 2012)

The Post-Communist Monuments Project

Along with McGill political scientist Juliet Johnson, I conduct research on national identity in post-Communist states by examining the political struggles over Soviet- and post-Soviet-era monuments and memorials. The project includes a database with information on monuments and memorials from 1989 to 2010 in twenty-six post-Communist states, as well as studies of individual sites and countries. This work has received funding from SSHRC, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College.

Political Party Transition and Campaign Financing in Canada

I have additional research projects on political party transitions in Quebec and the geography of party campaign finance in Canada. My initial analysis of the 2012 Quebec election appears in this book:

Les Québécois aux urnes: les partis, les médias et les citoyens en campagne, edited by Frédérick Bastien, Éric Belanger, and Gélineau François. Presses de l’Université de Montréal

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