PhD Candidate Profile

Email Address


Canadian Government


Comparative Industrial


Neil Nevitte

Ruderman, Nick


Political-Financial Scandal, Political Disaffection, and the Dynamics of Political Action


Nick’s research agenda is focused on the impact of government performance, both with respect to policy and process, on people’s attitudinal and behavioural orientations to the political system. His thesis research focused more particularly on the effects of corruption, scandal, and ethical integrity on those orientations. Nick is also an academic adviser to Samara, a charity devoted to encouraging political engagement in Canada.


Ruderman, Nick and Neil Nevitte. 2015. “Assessing the Impact of Political Scandals on Attitudes toward Democracy: Evidence from Canada’s Sponsorship Scandal” Canadian Journal of Political Science 48(4): 885-904.

Ruderman, Nick. 2014. “Canadians’ Evaluations of MPs: Performance Matters.” In Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up (Ed. Elisabeth Gidengil and Heather Bastedo). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Research Interests

Public opinion (particularly attitudes about democracy), political behaviour

Previous Degrees

M.A. Queen’s University
B.A. (Hon.) McGill University

Teaching Experience

Head T.A., POL224Y: Canada in Comparative Perspective (2015-2016)

Instructor, POLD41H3: Advanced Topics in Politics: Ethics and Accountability in Canadian Government (Summer, 2015)

Head T.A., POL214Y: Canadian Government and Politics (2013-2015