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Canadians’ differences over values have a considerably greater effect on their public policy preferences than does the region where they live, finds a new IRPP Study, by Éric Montpetit, Erick Lachapelle and Simon Kiss. Based on an extensive survey conducted in five regions in early 2015, this important research challenges the longstanding focus on region-based value cleavages. Co-author Éric Montpetit presents the study’s main findings and discusses the implications for policy.
Éric Montpetit is a professor of political science and vice-dean of faculty life in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the Université de Montréal. He has published extensively on policy-making in the Canadian federal context, as well as on the politics of scientific expertise. His latest book is In Defense of Pluralism: Policy Disagreement and Its Media Coverage (2016). He received a PhD in comparative public policy from McMaster University in 1999.
F. Leslie Seidle is director of the research program Canada’s Changing Federal Community at the IRPP and a public policy consultant. He has edited or co-edited 13 books, including Immigrant Integration in Federal Countries (2012), and he has published numerous articles on constitutional reform, electoral processes, immigration, public management and political finance.