Pammett, Jon Cluster Member

Current position(s), Institution
Professor, Carleton University
Fields of expertise
  • Nature of democratic participation
  • Voter turnout
  • Voting behaviour
  • Elections
  • Youth and politics
Projects relevant to the cluster
SSHRC research grant on voting in multi-level governance situations in Canada, Germany and the UK. (2008-2010)
Publications related to European/EU Studies
  • Activating the Citizen: Dilemmas of Participation in Europe and Canada with J. DeBardeleben (Bastingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
  • Engaging the Electorate: Initiatives to Promote Voter Turnout from Around the World (with Erin Thiessen, Maria Gratshew, Andrew Ellis) (Stockholm, IDEA, 2006)
  • "Elections and Democracy in Russia," Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Vol 32, No 1 (1999)
  • "The Meaning of Elections in Transitional Democracies: Evidence from Russia and Ukraine,"(With J. DeBardeleben) Electoral Studies Vol. 15, No. 3, pp363-81)
  • "Referendum Voting: Attitudes and Behaviour in the 1992 Constitutional Referendum" (with L. LeDuc), Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol 28 No.1 (March, 1995) pp 1-31.
  • "Referendum Attitudes in Russia," (with J. DeBardeleben) Sotsiologicheskie Issledovania (Sociological Research) No. 19, 1995, pp 11-26 (in Russian)
Outreach Experience
Interviews to a variety of print, radio and tv media during each Canadian Federal Election
Open to media contact
Carleton University, Department of Political Science, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
Office Phone Number
(613) 520-2600 x2793
Other important publications
  • Political Choice in Canada (with H. Clarke, J. Jenson and L. LeDuc) (Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 1979) Absent Mandate: Canadian Electoral Politics in an Era of Restructuring (with H. Clarke, J. Jenson and L. LeDuc) (Toronto: Gage, 1996)
  • Explaining the Turnout Decline in Canadian Federal Elections (with L. LeDuc) (Ottawa: Elections Canada, 2003)
  • Dynasties and Interludes: Past and Present in Canadian Electoral Politics (with L. LeDuc, J. McKenzie and A. Turcotte) (Toronto: Dundurn, 2010.
  • The Canadian Federal Election of 2011 (ed., with C. Dornan) (Toronto: Dundurn, forthcoming December 2011) Also previous volumes in this series.
Education and professional achievements
  • B.A., M.A. at Queen's University in Kingston
  • Ph.D. at the University of Michigan
  • Canadian National Election Studies (1974, 1979, 1980)
  • Visiting Professor, European University Institute in Florence (1985)
  • International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) (since 1998)
Courses taught
  • Political Science 5204 (Elections) graduate
  • Political Science 4204 (Elections) undergraduate
  • Political Science 4107 (Political Participation in Canada) undergraduate
Fluent spoken languages
Fluent written languages

Jon Pammett has worked on voting behaviour in Canada, Russia, and various European countries. His primary interest is the declining voter turnout with a specific focus on the linkages between voter turnout and other forms of participation. Dr. Pammett is also particularly interested in research on young people and voting. His current project involves voting in countries with multiple, frequent, elections. Media Experience: Dr. Pammett has a great deal of experience responding to TV, Radio and Print Media inquiries.

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