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Scott Pruysers

Bell Chair Visiting Scholar (Carleton University); SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Calgary)

Degrees:BA, MA (Waterloo); PhD (Carleton)

I am currently a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary in the department of Political Science and a visiting scholar at Carleton University. My postdoctoral work, supervised by David Stewart, explores the extent to which ‘losers’ of intra-party elections remain engaged with party life. In September 2015 I completed my doctorate at Carleton University where I worked under the direction and supervision of William Cross. My thesis, titled “Two Political Worlds? Reconsidering Vertical Party Integration in Canada: Evidence from Ontario”, explored the extent to which federal and provincial parties collaborate, coordinate, and cooperate with one another during election and inter-election periods. Before finishing my phd I completed degrees (MA and BA) at the University of Waterloo.

My current research interests include party organization in multi-level states, intra-party democracy, and political psychology. My research has been published in a variety of national and international journals such as the Canadian Journal of Political ScienceRepresentation, and Politics & Gender.

Select Publications

Blais, Julie and Scott Pruysers. 2017. “The Power of the Dark Side: Personality, the Dark Triad, and Political Ambition.” Personality and Individual Differences. Online First.  

Pruysers, Scott. 2016. “Party Integration at the Grassroots: The Canadian Case.” Territory, Politics, Governance. Online First.

Pruysers, Scott and Julie Blais. 2016. “Why Won’t Lola Run? An Experiment Examining Stereotype Threat and Political Ambition.” Politics & Gender. Online First.

Pruysers, Scott and William Cross. 2016. “Negative Personalization: Party Leaders and Party Strategy.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 49(3): 539-558.

Pruysers, Scott. 2016. “Vertical Party Integration: Informal and Human Linkages Between Elections in a Canadian Province.” Comparative & Commonwealth Politics 54(3): 312-330.

Pruysers, Scott, and William Cross. 2016. “Candidate Selection in Canada: Local Autonomy, Centralization, and Competing Democratic Norms.” American Behavioral Scientist 60(7): 781-798.

Pruysers, Scott. 2015. “Two Political Worlds? Multi-level Campaign Integration in Canadian Constituencies.” Regional and Federal Studies 25(2): 165-182.

Kenig, Ofer, William Cross, Scott Pruysers, and Gideon Rahat. 2015. “What is a Party Primary? Creating a Common Definition and Typology.” Representation 51(2): 147-160.

Pruysers, Scott. 2014. “Reconsidering Vertical Integration: An Examination of National Political Parties and their Counterparts in Ontario.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 47(2): 237-258.

Pruysers, Scott. 2014. “Canadian Party Politics in the 2000s: A Re-examination of the Regionalization Thesis.” Canadian Political Science Review 8(1): 27-42.

Pruysers, Scott and Julie Blais. 2014. “Anything Women Can Do Men Can Do Better: An Experiment Examining the Effects of Stereotype Threat on Political Knowledge and Efficacy.” The Social Science Journal 51(3): 341-349.