Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Olivier Jacques selected as Skelton-Clark Postdoctoral Fellow

Olivier Jacques HeadshotThe department is pleased to announce that Olivier Jacques will join the department on September 1, 2020 as the new Skelton-Clark Postdoctoral Fellow. His general research interests include comparative and Canadian political economy, social policy, taxation, inequality, public finance, Canadian and Quebec politics, European politics, public opinion, and time series analysis.

Olivier is currently a PhD candidate at McGill University. His doctoral research concerns the political economy of public finance in advanced democracies, with a focus on the consequences of austerity on policy choices and on politics. He is interested in the impact of austerity on intergenerational equity, and argues that governments implementing fiscal consolidations prioritize policies beneficial in the short term to the detriment of policies delivering societal benefits in the future. Olivier’s research investigates the institutional and political drivers of future-oriented decision-making processes and examines the impact of austerity on public opinion. One underlying theme of his research agenda is to explore if the policy trade-offs inherent to periods of austerity hinder social-democratic parties’ ability to assemble a viable electoral coalition.

His research agenda in Canadian political economy has addressed various areas of public policy such as Canadian provinces’ (lack of) childcare policy development, political discretion in infrastructure spending at the federal level and the determinants of tax policies. He also studied the impact of welfare states on income distribution and on health outcomes. Olivier has been the vice-president responsible for policy at Force Jeunesse, a non-profit organization committed to intergenerational equity. He was recently selected to participate in the Government of Canada’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders program. He regularly contributes to public debate in Policy Options, Le Devoir and La Presse.

During the Skelton-Clark fellowship, Olivier aims to improve understanding of the current political tensions within the Canadian federation by investigating how income inequality, interprovincial redistribution, decentralization and regional identities interact to foster political conflict.

"I am particularly excited to join Queen’s Department of Political Studies and to work among such an inspiring group of scholars,” he says. “I hope to use this opportunity to do research that might shed light on the political and policy challenges of these troubled times.”