Municipal elections are central to ensuring the adequate representation of citizens' interests and the every day delivery of public services on the ground. Yet, municipal elections seldom get as much attention as federal ones. And so, as the next federal election looms, what better time to discuss these very important local battlegrounds.
In this workshop, Dr. Breux, Associate Professor at the Centre Urbanisation Culture Société in Montreal, will present the practical and theoretical bases necessary for understanding the municipal electoral scene in both Quebec and the rest of Canada. She will also address the specificity of the municipal level in comparison with other levels of government.
More generally, Dr. Breux will dig into these core practical and theoretical bases around three main themes: the electoral offer, municipal issues and voter participation. Other subthemes that will be explored, include the characteristics of candidates, political parties, uncontested elections, incumbent candidates, the competitiveness of elections, the characteristics of elected officials, voter profiles, and factors likely to influence electoral participation.
Particular attention will be paid, with a view to the current literature on the subject, to the political information available, the place of women, and electronic voting. This workshop will be hands-on, involving several activities that will require the active collaboration of workshop participants.