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Kelly Blidook

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL A1B 3X9 Canada
Phone: (709) 864-8184
Email: kblidook[at]mun[dot]ca (or search here)

BA (Trinity Western), MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (McGill)

Areas for Student Research Supervision
• Political and legislative behaviour
• Political institutions
• Political representation
• Public opinion

Examples of Recent Courses Taught
1000 Intro to Politics and Government; 3010 Empirical Methods; 6010 Political Science Methods

Select Papers & Publications

Party Creep: The power dynamic between MPs and Parties in Canada (Under contract). UBC Press.

Constituency Influence in Parliament: Countering the Centre. (Spring 2012). UBC Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles
“It’s Not You, It’s Me: Determinants of Voluntary Legislative Turnover in Canada.” (2011) With Matthew Kerby. Legislative Studies Quarterly. 36 (4).

“Constituency influence on ‘constituency members’: The adaptability of roles to electoral realities in the Canadian case.” With Matthew Kerby. (2011) Journal of Legislative Studies. 17 (3).

“Exploring the role of ‘legislators’ in Canada: Do Members of Parliament influence policy?” (2010) Journal of Legislative Studies, 16 (1).

“Choice and Content: Media Ownership and Democratic ideals in Canada”. (2009) Canadian Political Science Review, 3 (2).

- Reprinted as: “Elección y contenido: propiedad de los medios e ideales democráticos en Canadá”. Chapter in Manuel Alejandro Guerrero (ed.) Medios de comunicación y democracia: perspectivas desde México y Canadá. (2010) Mexico City: UNESCO/Universidad Iberoamericana/Canadian Embassy in Mexico.

“Constituency Influence in Parliament”. Co-authored with Stuart Soroka and Erin Penner. (2009) Canadian Journal of Political Science, 42 (3). (Short-listed for Canadian Political Science Association’s John McMenemy Prize 2010.)

“Media, Public Opinion and Healthcare in Canada: How the media affect ‘the way things are’”. (2008) Canadian Journal of Political Science, 41 (2): 355-374. (Short-listed for Canadian Political Science Association’s John McMenemy Prize 2010.)

“Legislative Priorities and Public Opinion: Representation of Partisan Agendas in the House of Commons”. Co-authored with Erin Penner and Stuart Soroka. (2006) Journal of European Public Policy, 13 (7).

– Reprinted as chapter in Baumgartner, Frank R., Christoffer Green-Pedersen, and Bryan D. Jones, eds. 2008. Comparative Studies of Policy Agendas. New York: Routledge.

Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
“Constantly campaigning and partisan discourse in the House of Commons.” With Matthew Byrne. Chapter in Change and Continuity in Canadian Political Parties and Elections. Amanda Bittner and Royce Koop, eds. UBC Press (Forthcoming).

Other Peer-Reviewed Studies
“Symbol vs. Substance: Theatre, Political Career Paths, and Parliamentary Behaviour in Canada” (2011) Canadian Study of Parliament Group.