Cristine de Clercy

Associate Professor, Co-Director, Leadership and Democracy Laboratory
Director, LEADR Research Group


Ph.D., University of Western Ontario
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 85163
Office: Social Science Centre 4135

Research Interests

Professor de Clercy studies political leadership using several discrete methodological approaches to understand leadership in different contexts, and across contexts.  Her work relates to the fields of Canadian politics, comparative politics, political economy, and women and politics.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Cristine de Clercy. Uncertainty and the Calculus of Persuasion: How Leaders Move Citizens Toward Policy Change. Book manuscript, in progress.
  • 2019: Bassam Farah, Rida Elias, Cristine de Clercy and Glenn Rowe. “Leadership Succession in Business and Politics: A Literature Analysis of Key Trends.” Leadership Quarterly Yearly Review, accepted, forthcoming.
  • 2018: Gerard Seijts, Cristine de Clercy and Brenda Nguyen. "Exploring how Canadian Voters Evaluate Leader Character in Three Cases: Justin Trudeau, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump." Journal of Canadian Studies, 52, no 2 (Spring 2018): 427-450. Download at
  • 2018: Cristine de Clercy. “Communications as the Workhorse of Governmental Politics: The Liberal Party Leader and the Liberal Caucus." In Alex Marland and Thierry Giasson (eds.), Political Elites in Canada: Power and Influence in Instantanenous Times, 151-167. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • 2016: Cristine de Clercy and Peter Ferguson. “Leadership in Precarious Contexts:  Studying Political Leaders after the Global Financial Crisis.” Politics and Governance  volume 4 no. 2 (2016): 104-114. Download open access PDF file.
  • 2015: Cristine de Clercy. “Leading the Party Troops on a Long Campaign: How the Party Leaders Managed the Message.”   In Alex Marland and Thierry Giasson (eds.) Election 2015: Communication, Strategy and Canadian Democracy, 41-42. Vancouver: UBC Press and Samsara Canada.
  • 2015: Cristine de Clercy.  “Uncertainty and the General Interest in the American Constitution: Testing the ‘Veil of Ignorance’ Hypothesis in Constitutional Choice.” In Louis Imbeau and Steve Jacob (eds.) Behind a Veil of Ignorance? Power and Uncertainty in Constitutional Design, 85-101. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 
  • 2015: Cristine de Clercy. “Conclusion.” In Louis Imbeau and Steve Jacob (eds.) Behind a Veil of Ignorance? Power and Uncertainty in Constitutional Design, 239-243. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • “Uncertainty Dynamics in Social Media Leadership: The 2017 Case of Hillary Rodham Clinton.”  Paper presented to the meeting of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, June 20-24, 2018, Eugene, Oregon.
  • “The Assurances of Female Political Leaders: Hillary Clinton on the Campaign Trail.” Paper presented to the annual meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association, Regina, Saskatchewan, May 30-June 1, 2018.
  • “Group Solidarity and Cohesion in Justin Trudeau’s New Liberal Party.” Paper  presented to the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, May 30-June 1, 2017.
  • “The Rise of the BTM Crisis Leadership School.” Paper presented to the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association Annual Meeting, October 14-15, 2016, Saint John, New Brunswick.
  • “Party Leaders and Modern Mediated Communications in the House of Commons.”  Paper presented to the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Calgary, Canada, June 2-4, 2016.
  • “Nine Key Characteristics of Modern Political Leaders.” Paper presented to the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Canada, June 2-4, 2015.
  • “The Ambiguity of Uncertainty.” Paper presented to the 2014 International Political Science Association 23rd World Congress, July 19-23 2014, Montréal, Canada.

Roles and Distinctions

  • Political analyst for regional, national and international media outlets including CBC, CTV, Bloomberg News Service, Al Jazeera, Canadian Press Newswire, Maclean’s magazine, Reuters, The London Free Press, and the Globe and Mail.
  • Director, LEADR Group, Western University
  • Co-Director, the Leadership and Democracy Laboratory, Western University
  • Past President, Western's Caucus on Women's Issues
  • Centre Scholar, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan, 2012-2015.

More Information for Media

Dr. de Clercy provides commentary concerning: political leaders and leadership; federal politics; provincial politics; the House of Commons and the Senate; political parties; women and politics; federal and provincial elections; public opinion polling; Canadian election law.

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