I am a professor in the political science department at the Université de Montréal and acting vice-dean – faculty life – at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
I completed a Ph.D. in comparative and Canadian public policy at McMaster University in 1999. My current research centres on the behavior of policy actors (interest groups, civil servants, public opinion …) and on the politics of scientific expertise in Europe and North America. My publications cover several subject areas, including contaminated soil, biotechnology, energy, climate change and public health. I receive research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Génome Québec and Genome Canada.
In 2006, my book, Misplaced Distrust, won the American Political Science Association’s Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize for the best book on environmental politics and policy.
“Politics, and especially the interest-group struggle, gets a bad rap. In this spirited defense of democratic, pluralist politics, Éric Montpetit compares the practice of politics with what the media says about that process in biotechnology policy. He finds serious distortions in media depictions that, he argues, need redressing. Montpetit’s defense is straightforward, solidly empirical, and his case is well-made. The book is a must-read for policy scholars, students in public policy courses, journalists covering politics, and policy activists. It is a needed bromide for today’s overly cynical view of the democratic political process.”
Bryan D. Jones, University of Texas, Austin.
Eric Montpetit on his latest book 'In Defense of Pluralism'
- “The Role of Scientific Excellence in the Changing Meaning of Maize in Mexico” (with Libertad Castro Colina), Review of Policy Research, early view 2017.
- “Entre guillemets” interviews Éric Montpetit. May 26th 2017.
- “Comment se portent les six tâches du premier ministre?” (with Patrick Leblond, André Lecours, Gregory P. Marchildon, Martin Papillon et Jennifer Wallner, La Presse + 15 mai 2017.
- “Policy Learning, Motivated Scepticism, and the Politics of Shale Gas Development in British Columbia and Quebec” (with Erick Lachapelle), Policy and Society 2017.
- “New Environmental Technology Uptake and Bias toward the Status Quo” (with Erick Lachapelle), Environmental Technology & Innovation, Vol. 7 2017.
- “Has Simeon’s Vision Prevailed among Canadian Policy Scholars?” (with Christine Rothmayr and Isabelle Engeli), Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 49 2016.