The State and Future of Democracy – bilingual symposium

Monday, March 25, 2024 09:30to16:00
Salle polyvalente (SH-4800), Pavillon Sherbrooke, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 200 Sherbrooke West, Montréal, QC, H2X 1X5, CA

At home and abroad, the current state and future of democracy are recurring sources of public debate, as well as of collective anxiety, in a context marked by the rise of populism and the reassessment of a number of electoral and political institutions. Co-organized by the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC), the Consortium on Electoral Democracy (C-Dem) and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC), this bilingual symposium brings together academics and practitioners to discuss current trends in public opinion and issues related to democratic practices and reforms in both Canada and Quebec

Two keynote speakers will open the morning and afternoon panel discussions, respectively: Professor Allison Harell (UQAM) and Professor Ruth Dassonneville (UdM).

This symposium is open to the general public. It takes place on Monday, March 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Montréal in the Salle polyvalente (SH-4800), Pavillon Sherbrooke, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), located at 200 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal, QC H2X 1X5.

The event is free but registration is mandatory via this link.


8:45 a.m. – Welcome – coffee and pastries

9:30 a.m. — Introductions: Frédérick Bastien and Daniel Béland

Micro: Public opinion, polarization

9:45 a.m.—Keynote : Allison Harell (UQAM)

10:30 a.m. – Coffee break

10:45 a.m. — Round table - Democracy and public opinion

Mathieu Lavigne (Dartmouth College)

Claire Durand (UdM)

Valérie-Anne Mahéo-Le-Luel (ULaval)

Practitioner: Louis-François Brodeur

Moderator: Frédérick Bastien (UdM)

12 noon – Lunch – lunch boxes

Macro: Political parties, interference, voting systems

1:00 p.m. — Keynote: Ruth Dassonneville (UdM)

1:45 p.m. — Round table - the Reform of democratic institutions

Shannon Dinan (ULaval)

Benjamin Forest (McGill)

Practitioner: Sabreena Delhon (Samara Centre for Democracy)

Practitioner: Malorie Flon (Institut du Nouveau Monde)

Moderator: Daniel Béland (McGill)

3:00 p.m. — Conclusions and thanks: Frédérick Bastien and Daniel Béland

3:15 p.m. - Reception

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