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André Blais is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal, where he is the Research Chair in Electoral Studies.
He was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada and has been the president of the Canadian Political Science Association and of the steering committee of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) international project. He was a member of the research team in charge of the Canadian Election Study from 1988 to 1993, and he was the team director from 1997 to 2006. Additionally, he led the Making Electoral Democracy Work project, which examined the behaviour of parties and electors in 25 elections across five different countries.
He is a worldwide expert in electoral studies. He has published 22 books and 200 articles in scientific journals, in addition to serving as an advisor on 24 PhD theses.
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