Héroux-Legault, Maxime



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Canadian Government


Comparative Politics


Peter Loewen

Héroux-Legault, Maxime


The Conditioning Impact of Political Sophistication on the Voting Calculus


Maxime Héroux-Legault is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Mr. Héroux-Legault’s dissertation research focuses on the manner in which political knowledge conditions the vote choice of citizens. The analysis relies on survey data and experimental data from Canada, the United States, and the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems. The research finds that political knowledge impacts how voters make their voting decision. Knowledgeable voters rely to a greater degree on information pertaining to ideology and issues, which means that they have a greater ability to identify and vote for the party and candidate that best represent their political preferences and interests. The analysis also identifies institutions that help voters make more informed decisions when they have limited knowledge about politics.

Maxime Héroux-Legault’s research has been funded by a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship and a FQRSC doctoral scholarship. Mr. Héroux-Legault has also contributed to ambitious research projects such as Making Electoral Democracy Work (http://electoraldemocracy.com/) and the Local Parliament Project (http://www.localparliament.ca/).

Mr. Héroux-Legault’s broader research interests include Canadian politics, comparative politics, political behaviour, and research methods. Mr. Héroux-Legault has teaching experience in comparative politics, political behaviour, and research methods.


Maxime Héroux-Legault. “Substate Variations in Political Values in Canada.” Regional and Federal Studies, 26:171-197.

Peter Loewen, Maxime Héroux-Legault, Carolina de Miguel. “Nationalism and Ethnic Heterogeneity: The Importance of Local Context for Nationalist Party Vote Choice.” Electoral Studies, 39:129-141.

André Blais, Jean-Benoit Pilet, Karine Van der Straeten, Jean-François Laslier, Maxime Héroux-Legault. “To Vote or to Abstain? An Experimental Study of First Past the Post and PR Elections.” Electoral Studies 36: 39-50.

André Blais, Maxime Héroux-Legault, Laura Stephenson, William Cross and Elisabeth Gidengil. 2012. “Assessing the Psychological and Mechanical Impact of Electoral Rules: A Quasi-Experiment.” Electoral Studies 31: 829-837.

Research Interests

Political Behaviour, Political Methodology, Political Knowledge, Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Public Opinion, Regional Variations.

Previous Degrees

Bachelor in Political Science and Philosophy (Université de Montréal), Master’s in Political Science (Université de Montréal)

Teaching Experience

Mr. Héroux-Legault has teaching experience in comparative politics, political behaviour, and research methods.