Scott Pruysers

Assistant Professor

Scott P.

Email: Scott.Pruysers@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-6626
Mailing Address: 
Department of Political Science Rm 301, 3rd Floor, Henry Hicks Bldg Dalhousie University, 6299 South Street PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
 
Research Topics:
  • Canadian Politics
  • Political Parties and Party Systems
  • Political Psychology and Political Behaviour
  • Federalism
  • Gender and Representation

Current Curriculum Vitae [221 KB]

Short Biography:

Before joining Dalhousie University, I held a postdoctoral fellowship at Ryerson University as a member of the Canadian Municipal Election Study (CMES), and completed a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary.  I am also an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University. I have degrees from Carleton (PhD) and the University of Waterloo (MA and BA). 

My research focusses on Canadian politics broadly and my specific interests include intra-party democracy, party organization, and political psychology. In general, my research focusses on questions of participation and representation in party and electoral politics. I have written on a variety of topics including multi-level party integration, party personnel selection, personality and politics, candidate recruitment, and political ambition. My research has appeared in a variety of leading national and international journals such as Party PoliticsPolitical Research Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Political ScienceRepresentationRegional & Federal Studies, and Politics & Gender​.  

My recent books include The Personalization of Democratic Politics and the Challenge for Political Parties (Rowman Littlefield Press, 2018), and The Promise and Challenge of Party Primary Elections (McGill-Queens, 2016).

Education: B.A. (Waterloo), M.A. (Waterloo), PhD (Carleton)

Publications

Books

Cross, William, Richard Katz, and Scott Pruysers (eds.). 2018. The Personalization of Democratic Politics and the Challenge for Political Parties. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Cross, William, Ofer Kenig, Scott Pruysers, and Gideon Rahat. 2016. The Promise and Challenge of Party Primary Elections: A Comparative Perspective. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.

Journal Articles

Cross, William, Rob Currie-Wood, and Scott Pruysers. Forthcoming. “Decentralized Personalization and the Source of Campaign Funding: Evidence from Canada.” Political Geography.

Anderson, Cameron, Michael McGregor and Scott Pruysers. Forthcoming. “Incumbency and Competitiveness in City Council Elections: How Accurate Are Voter Perceptions?” Canadian Journal of Political Science.

Chen, Phillip, Scott Pruysers, and Julie Blais. 2020. “The Dark Side of Politics: Participation and the Dark Triad.” Political Studies. Online First.

McGregor, Michael, Scott Pruysers, Nicole Goodman, and Zack Spicer. 2020. “Survey Recruitment Messages and Reported Turnout – An Experimental Study.” Journal of Public Opinion, Elections, & Parties. Online First.

Pruysers, Scott, Anthony Sayers, and Lucas Czarnecki. 2020. “Party and Party System Nationalization in Canada, 1867-2015.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. Online First.

Pruysers, Scott, Melanee Thomas, and Julie Blais. 2019. “Mediated Ambition? Gender, News, and the Desire to Seek Elected Office.” European Journal of Politics and Gender. Online First.

O’Neill, Brenda, Scott Pruysers, and David Stewart. 2019. “Glass Cliffs or Partisan Pressure? Examining Gender and Party Leader Tenures and Exits. Political Studies. Online First.

Pruysers, Scott, Julie Blais and Phillip Chen. 2019. “Who Makes a Good Citizen? The Role of Personality.” Personality and Individual Differences 146: 99-104.

Cross, William and Scott Pruysers. 2019. “The Local Determinants of Representation: Constituency Associations, Candidate Nomination, and Gender.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. Online First.

Blais, Julie, Scott Pruysers, and Phillip Chen. 2019. “Why do they Run? The Psychological Underpinnings of Political Ambition.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. Online First.

Cross, William, and Scott Pruysers. 2019. “Sore Losers? The Costs of Intra-party Democracy." Party Politics 25(4): 483-494.

Pruysers, Scott and Julie Blais. 2019. “Narcissistic Women and Cash-strapped Men: Who can be Encouraged to Consider Running for Office?” Political Research Quarterly 72(1): 229-242.

Pruysers, Scott. 2018. “Party Integration at the Grassroots: The Canadian Case.” Territory, Politics, Governance 6(1):104-117.

Pruysers, Scott and David Stewart. 2018. “Federal-Provincial Variation in Leadership Selection: Processes and Participation.” Journal of Canadian Studies 52(3):742-764.

Pruysers, Scott and Julie Blais. 2018. “A Little Encouragement Goes a (not so) Long Way: An Experiment to Increase Political Ambition Among Young Women.” ​Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 39(3):384-395.

Blais, Julie and Scott Pruysers. 2017. “The Power of the Dark Side: Personality, the Dark Triad, and Political Ambition.” Personality and Individual Differences 113:167-172.

Pruysers, Scott and Julie Blais. 2017. “Why Won’t Lola Run? An Experiment Examining Stereotype Threat and Political Ambition.” Politics & Gender 13(2): 232-252.

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

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

Kenig, Ofer, William Cross, Scott Pruysers, and Gideon Rahat. 2015. “Party Primaries: Towards a Definition and Typology.” Representation 51(2): 147-160.

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

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.

Pruysers, Scott. 2011. “Ministerial Responsibility: Myths and Realities in the Canadian Experience.” The Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law 4(3): 341-360.

Book Chapters (8)

Pruysers, Scott. Forthcoming. “Gender Affinity Voting and the 2017 Municipal Elections in Québec City and Montréal.”  In Éric Bélanger, Cameron Anderson and Michael McGregor (eds.), A Tale of Two Cities: Voting Behaviour in Local Elections in Montreal and Quebec City. Toronto: UTP.

Goodman, Nicole, and Scott Pruysers. 2019. “Political Parties and Online Voting in Canada.” In Jordi Baratt  and Miguel Moneo (eds), The Digitalization of Political Parties and the Use of Electronic Voting (263-294). Thomson Reuters.

Pruysers, Scott and Anthony Sayers. 2018. “Party Primaries in Canada.” In Rob Boatright (ed.), The Handbook of Primary Elections (384-399). New York: Routledge.

Kenig, Ofer, and Scott Pruysers. 2018. “The Challenges of Inclusive Intra-Party Selection Methods.” In Xavier Coller and Guillermo Cordero (eds.), Democratizing Candidate Selection: New Methods, Old Receipts? (18-34). Palgrave.

Pruysers, Scott and William Cross. 2018. “Personalism and Election Campaigning: National and Local Dynamics.” In William Cross, Richard Katz, and Scott Pruysers (eds.) The Personalization of Democratic Politics and the Challenge for Political Parties (1-23). Rowman and Littlefield.

Pruysers, Scott, William Cross, and Richard Katz. 2018. “Personalism, Personalization, and Party Politics.” In William Cross, Richard Katz, and Scott Pruysers (eds.) The Personalization of Democratic Politics and the Challenge for Political Parties (62-87). Rowman and Littlefield.

Pruysers, Scott, William Cross, Anika Gauja, and Gideon Rahat. 2017. “Candidate Selection Rules and Democratic Outcomes: The Impact of Parties on Women’s Representation.” In Susan E. Scarrow, Paul D. Webb, and Thomas Poguntke (eds.), Organizing Political Parties: Representation, Participation, and Power (208-233). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gruber, Oliver, William Cross, Scott Pruysers, and Tim Bale. 2015. “The end of the Affair: A Comparative Study of How Party Leadership Terms End.” In William Cross and Jean Benoit Pilet (eds.), The Politics of Party Leadership: A Cross-national Perspective (128-148). Oxford: Oxford University Press.