A night to remember: Perspectives on the watershed 2018 Quebec election

Éric Bélanger*, Jean François Daoust

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

This article introduces a special issue that takes a close look at the outcome of the October 2018 Quebec election where a newly created party (the Coalition Avenir Québec) took power with a majority of seats. The special issue’s five articles collectively examine different factors having played a role in shaping Quebec citizens’ voting behavior in 2018. The extent to which citizens decide to turn out at the district level and their vote choice calculus are both investigated. The latter is analyzed through the lens of long-term factors such as language, attitudes toward Quebec independence, and party identification, as well as more short-term factors such as policy preferences on emerging issues like immigration and the environment. While several contributions point toward an important, perhaps long-lasting, realignment of the Quebec party system, others also highlight some elements of continuity, bringing nuance to an overall explanation of the election’s outcome.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFrench Politics
Early online date21 May 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 May 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • 2018 Quebec provincial election
  • elections
  • nationalism
  • parties
  • Quebec
  • vote choice


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