The bonds between citizens and political parties are eroding in advanced democracies. Voting behaviours are also increasingly unstable and party systems more fragmented. Although these trends have been studied extensively, we still do not fully understand what is causing these fundamental changes or their effects on electoral democracy. As Canada Research Chair in Electoral Democracy, Dr. Ruth Dassonneville aims to answer these questions.
Dassonneville and her research team are analyzing longitudinal datasets as well as original survey data and conducting a series of experiments to better understand the behaviours of citizens and political parties. Ultimately, their research will shed light on the changes occurring in democracies around the world.