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Vincent Lemieux : grand bâtisseur de la science politique québécoise

C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous avons appris le décès le 18 juillet de Vincent Lemieux à l’âge de 81 ans. Vincent Lemieux était le dernier « père fondateur » du Département de science politique de l’Université Laval où il avait le titre de professeur émérite depuis 2000. Nous partageons la peine qu’éprouvent sa famille et ses proches, d’autant plus que nous nous considérons aussi un peu comme ses orphelins. Vincent Lemieux aimait enseigner aux étudiants qui l’appréciaient énormément, à tel point qu’il a continué de donner des cours au Département à titre gratuit après sa retraite. Il a formé un nombre record de doctorants dont plusieurs sont devenus à leur tour professeurs d’universités, marquant ainsi, plus que tout autre, la science politique québécoise et canadienne. Par son enseignement, il a contribué activement à la formation de générations de décideurs qui ont œuvré à l’épanouissement de la société québécoise sur le plan social, politique, médiatique et gouvernemental. En 1995 il obtenait le prix d’excellence en enseignement de la Faculté des sciences sociales. En 1997, l’Association canadienne de science politique a créé le Prix Vincent-Lemieux afin d’honorer tous les deux ans la meilleure thèse de doctorat en science politique au Canada.

Vincent Lemieux a énormément apporté à notre Département, à la Faculté des sciences sociales et à l’Université Laval par son action dans la communauté universitaire et par son rayonnement à l’extérieur de cette communauté. À l’interne, il a dirigé le Département de science politique de 1967 à 1970. Plus récemment, il a été associé de près à la création de la maîtrise en affaires publiques (MAP) et du Centre d’analyse des politiques publiques (CAPP), deux fleurons qui font la fierté du Département de science politique et de la Faculté des sciences sociales. À l’externe, il a été très actif auprès de l’Association canadienne de science politique dont il fut président en 1991-92. Il a participé aux travaux des commissions royales d'enquête Laurendeau-Dunton, Macdonald et Lortie, et il a agi à titre d'expert auprès de nombreux organismes de la société civile. Notons aussi que Vincent Lemieux a souvent collaboré avec les médias, le Devoir en particulier. Vincent Lemieux a écrit plus de vingt livres savants dont plusieurs sont considérés comme des classiques de la discipline, quelque deux cents articles et chapitres d’ouvrages scientifiques, et de nombreux textes de vulgarisation. Fidèle à l’approche structuraliste, il pensait que pour comprendre les institutions politiques, il faut étudier les relations entre les acteurs qui les composent avant d’étudier les caractéristiques individuelles objectives ou les croyances subjectives de ces acteurs. L’influence de l’approche structuraliste est évidente dans les travaux sur le patronage politique qu’il a publiés au début de sa carrière, en particulier Parenté et politique qui fut récompensé par un certificat de la Fédération canadienne des sciences sociales. On retrouve l’approche structuraliste en filigrane dans ses recherches sur les réseaux sociaux et sur l’analyse des politiques publiques. Son ouvrage Le parti libéral du Québec est une référence incontournable pour tous les chercheurs qui s’intéressent au système politique québécois.

Une autre caractéristique des travaux scientifiques de Vincent Lemieux consistait à associer autant que possible les principes théoriques à la réalité empirique de manière à leur donner une portée pratique. Il concluait souvent ses travaux scientifiques par des recommandations adressées parfois aux experts, mais aussi aux citoyens curieux de s’informer politiquement. L’œuvre scientifique de Vincent Lemieux est animée du souci d’expliquer des phénomènes complexes en langage clair de manière à éclairer un public aussi large que possible sur les grands enjeux démocratiques d’aujourd’hui. C’est là une force d’attraction indéniable de cette œuvre.

Pour ses accomplissements, il a reçu, entre autres distinctions, la médaille Parizeau en 1978, un doctorat honorifique de l’Université d’Ottawa en 1995, le prix Léon-Gérin en 1998, et il a été élevé au rang d’officier de l’ordre national du Québec en 2003, ainsi qu’au rang de membre de l’ordre du Canada en 2005.Vincent Lemieux nous laisse un héritage imposant. À notre tour de le faire fructifier en le développant.

François Pétry, directeur
Département de science politique
Université Laval


UPDATE ON ALEXANDER SODIQOV

Alexander Sodiqov has been released on bail, although he is still under investigation for treason.


STATEMENT CONCERNING THE DETENTION OF UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENT ALEXANDER SODIQOV

On behalf of the members of the Canadian Political Science Association, we write to express our strong concern over the June 16 detention of our young colleague, Alexander Sodiqov.

Sodiqov is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Toronto. He was in Tajikistan working on an Economic and Social Research Council (UK) funded project—“Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia”—and as a researcher in this project, he was employed by the University of Exeter. The research project was approved by the Ethics Committee of the University of Exeter in June 2013. The focus of the project is to study the management and resolution of conflicts in Central Asia and the research in Tajikistan involved collecting public statements by government and civil society organizations as well as conducting interviews with public officials and civil society leaders.

Sodiqov arrived in Dushanbe to begin research on Sunday, June 8, 2014. On Sunday, June 15, he traveled to Khorog and after conducting his first interview on Monday, June 16, he was arrested. As of Wednesday, June 25, we do not know what has prompted his arrest. According to Amnesty International Canada, at this time, according to Tajikistani law, Sodiqov should either be charged or released, and he should have confidential access to a lawyer of his choice.

The arrest and detention of academic researchers is of great concern to all of our constituent members. We thus join others in petitioning the country’s authorities to treat Alexander Sodiqov in accordance with the law and release him.

Board of Directors
Canadian Political Science Association


IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR SCHOLARLY COMMUNITY
DETENTION OF ALEXANDER SODIQOV IN TAJIKISTAN

Alexander Sodiqov, a PhD student at the University of Toronto was arrested while conducting interviews in Tajikistan for a project on Emerging Power Conflict Management run by John Heathershaw(University of Exeter, UK).

Even though the CPSA is adopting and implementing other institutional measures of support, our priority today is to provide our members with all the available information about our fellow academic researcher Alexander Sodiqov's detention and encourage them to forward the following links to all their networks.

Links to the story:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2014/06/studying-tajikistan-turns-dangerous

http://en.rsf.org/tadjikistan-visiting-researcher-held-after-24-06-2014,46512.html

http://www.eurasianet.org/node/68671

The petition in support of Alexander Sodiqov:

https://scholarsforsodiqov.wufoo.com/forms/scholars-for-sodiqov-petition/

Призываем освободить Александра Садыкова!

Official campaign site for the release of Alex Sodiqov

http://www.freesodiqov.org/#!home-en/c1q03

John Heathershaw's statement:

http://news.tj/en/news/statement-dr-john-heathershaw-regarding-detention-alexander-sodiqov-khorog

Message from Amnesty international Canada:

http://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/tajikistan-university-of-toronto-student-at-risk

Joint statement of concern of CESS, ASN, ESCAS, ASEEES:

http://centraleurasia.org/thecessblog/2014/06/24/statement-concerning-the-detention-of-academic-researcher-alexander-sodiqov/

The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/19/fears-grow-for-canadian-researcher-arrested-in-tajikistan

CTV News

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/u-of-t-student-accused-of-spying-detained-in-tajikistan-1.1876999

For more information please contact Edward Schatz, Chair, Political Science, University of Toronto Mississauga (Alexander’s supervisor) at ed.schatz@utoronto.ca


Congratulations to the 2014 Prize Winners!

Prix francophone de l'ACSP
Pascale Dufour, Trois espaces de protestation

CPSA Prize in Comparative Politics
Dietland Stolle and Michele Micheletti, Political Consumerism

CPSA Prize for Teaching Excellence
Mark Salter (University of Ottawa)

C. B. MacPherson Prize
Joseph H. Carens, The Ethics of Immigration, Oxford University Press, 2013

John McMenemy Prize
Paul Saurette and Kelly Gordon, “Arguing Abortion: The New Anti-Abortion Discourse in Canada”, CJPS, 46.1: 157-186.

Donald Smiley Prize
G. Bruce Doern, Allan M. Maslove and Michael J. Prince, Canadian Public Budgeting in the Age of Crises, McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Jill Vickers Prize
Melanee Thomas and Lisa Lambert, Private Mom vs Political Dad? Communications of Parental Status in the 41st Canadian Parliament


Development Fund

Give papers, discuss their work, meet future colleagues and network with experienced political scientists… Yes, your $20 can make all this happen for our students and young researchers!

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You certainly know that our graduate students and junior scholars are generally unable to afford the cost of attending a conference. Since the termination of the SSHRC student travel grant, their participation depends on the voluntary contributions from CPSA members.

Remember that they are at the beginning of their careers. With your small or big donation, we can increase the number of grants offered annually.

Please, donate to our development fund.

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Electoral Reform – Bill C-23 An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act

Dear members,

The CPSA Executive Committee invites you to join a list of media contact to help academics, journalists and other media representatives locate experts in the field of Electoral Studies. This list will be available on our Web site.

In addition, we invite you to share with us your academic analyses on the proposed legislation with the goal of facilitating and promoting the study of politics and government in Canada (our Association’s main purpose). Your analyses will be posted on our Web site. Please limit your texts to a maximum of 500 words.

If you are interested, please send your contact information for the list of media contact /academic analysis on the proposed legislation to our Executive Director at silvina_danesi@cpsa-acsp.ca.


September 2013

A century-old association, with a youthful bent

In 2012, the Canadian Political Science Association marked its one hundredth anniversary.

alainFounded in Boston in 1912, at a meeting of American learned societies, the association set out to support the study of “governmental, economic and social problems” from a Canadian perspective, and included among its ranks specialists from a variety of disciplines in the social sciences. The association’s first president was indeed an economist, Adam Shortt of Queen’s University, one of the pioneers owf the study of economics in Canada.

This link with economics endured, reflecting the importance of the Canadian tradition of political economy, but also the relative weakness of political science in the country. At the University of Toronto, for instance, home to the largest number of political scientists in the country, political scientists and economists shared the same department of political economy. The situation was much the same at McGill University, where the economics and political science department included one Stephen Leacock. Few know that the internationally acclaimed humorist and essayist was also the author of the first political science manual published in Canada, titled Elements of Political Science (1906). Up to 1950, there were no more than thirty political scientists in all of Canada’s universities combined. Yet the discipline had begun its emergence, with the publication of noteworthy works by the likes of R. McGregor Dawson, J. A. Corry and A. Brady.

Political science’s cohabitation with economics extended from the association’s inception in 1912 until 1967. During the early years – marked by the First World War – the fledgling association was largely a shell. From 1914 to 1929 and from 1930 to 1934, it had no president and was scarcely active. Starting in 1935, however, the association became more professionalized and institutionalized, publishing its own journal, the Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science, which featured over the years seminal studies of Canadian society by such authors as Léon Dion, Gad Horowitz, Pauline Jewett, John Porter, Donald Rowat and Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In Canada, noted the association’s president in the first issue of the journal, collaboration between economists and political scientists was bound to happen, as our federal constitution tended to turn all economic problems into political issues. Even then, it seems, the constitution was a hot-button topic for Canadian scholars!

In 1967, the two disciplines parted ways to form two separate associations, each with its own academic journal. This development was all but inevitable since, with the rapid expansion of the Canadian university network in the sixties, the number of scholars in the social sciences had exploded. Meanwhile, political science was changing, along with the rise of behaviourism in the United States. In Canada, this “revolution” within the discipline had a direct impact, since many of the new professors recruited by Canadian universities came from the U.S. For political scientists, this was a time of lively debates on theory and methodology, a time when a national political science specific to Canada was slowly being forged.

In Quebec, meanwhile, the same period was one of rapid growth for the social sciences, also spurred by the national political context. Almost non-existent up to then, Quebec political science developed in the 1950s, with the creation of new departments at the Université Laval in 1954 and at the Université de Montréal in 1958. Closer to the traditions prevailing in Europe, where several of the new professors were trained, Quebec political science had its own debates – not least an ongoing concern with the national question, which remained a vector for political conflict throughout the period.

Like their fellow citizens within the Canadian federation, Quebec political scientists gradually assumed their place within Canadian institutions, including the Canadian Political Science Association, while developing their own national institutions, with the creation of the Société québécoise de science politique in 1978 and the publication of a journal, now titled Politique et sociétés.

In 1951, Georges-Henri Lévesque, a sociologist and the founder of Laval’s École des sciences sociales, became the first francophone president of the Canadian Political Science Association. He was followed in 1964 by Jean-Charles Falardeau, also a Laval sociologist, and then in 1972 by Jean Laponce, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia.

During the 1970s and 1980s, women also began to assert their rightful place in Canadian political science, helping to renew the discipline’s themes, theories and approaches. In 1959, University of Saskatchewan economist Mabel Timlin had been the first female president of the Canadian Political Science Association. It was not until 1983, however, that the association named its second female president – and the first female political scientist to hold the position – with the election of Caroline Andrew of the University of Ottawa. From that point onward, the association underwent many changes, to become more representative of the different components of Canadian society. In 2012, out of a total membership of 1,291, women accounted for 436 of the association’s members, compared to 855 men. Over time, the discipline and the association continued to integrate other facets of Canadian diversity. In 1986, Indian-born O. P. Dwivedi became the association’s first president with origins that were neither North American nor European. In 1992, V. Seymour Wilson became the first non-white person to hold the position. An emerging generation of aboriginal political scientists, among them Gerald Taiaiake Alfred of the University of Victoria and Kiera Ladner of the University of Manitoba, also brought a new and often scathing perspective to bear on Canadian political life. As it gets set to mark its 100th anniversary, the Canadian Political Science Association, perhaps more than ever, remains a young association in transformation.

Representative of the discipline, the association draws scholars from all fields of contemporary political science and from every conceivable theoretical or methodological persuasion. But Canadian politics still holds a pre-eminent place. The country’s unique political and social development has indeed provided fertile grounds for Canadian researchers – and many of those making their mark on the international stage have drawn insights from Canada’s situation, to make important contributions on questions related to federalism, politics in multinational societies, identity politics, and multiculturalism.

Drawn to issues critical to the political life of their own country, Canadian political scientists naturally vacillate between a desire to be topical and socially useful in their own time – even if this means debating primarily among themselves – and the desire to frame their work within leading international currents, possibly at the cost of losing touch with issues closer to home. A 2008 book titled The Comparative Turn in Canadian Political Science argued resolutely in favour of the latter option, insisting on the importance of making a Canadian contribution to the world’s leading political science networks. The contributions of Canadian political scientists, however, may well be all the more significant when they focus on their own debates, those of a multinational society wrestling with multiple identities. In the end, it may not be necessary to choose between national relevance and international scope.

Alain Noël
President
Canadian Political Science Association

CPSA Board of Directors 2014-2015

CPSA Board of Directors 2014-2015

Executive Committee
President-Elect
Jill Vickers
Department of Political Science
Carleton University
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6
613.520.2777

jill.vickers @ sympatico.ca
President-Elect
William Cross
Department of Political Science
Carleton University
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6
613.520.2777 #2799
613.520.4064
bill_cross @ carleton.ca
Past-President
Alain Noël
Département de science politique
Université de Montréal
Montréal QC H3C 3J7
514.343.6111 poste 20320
514.343.2360
alain.noel @ umontreal.ca
Secretary-Treasurer
Luc Turgeon

School of Political Studies
University of Ottawa
120 University, room 7005B
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
613-582-5800, ext. 1702
613.562.5371
lturgeon @ uottawa.ca
Directors' Representative
Patrik Marier
Department of Political Science
Concordia University
1455 Blvd. de Maisonneuve West
Montréal QC H3G 1M8
514.848.2424 #5187
514.848.4072
pmarier @ alcor.concordia.ca
Directors - Two year term 2014-2016
Loleen Berdahl
Department of Political Science
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon SK S7N 5A5
306.966.1952
306.966.5250
loleen.berdahl @ usask.ca
Cheryl Collier
Department of Political Science
University of Windsor
Windsor ON N9B 3P4
519.253.3000 #2351
519.973.7094
ccollier @ uwindsor.ca
Marc G. Doucet
Department of Political Science
Saint Mary’s University
Halifax NS B3H 3C3
902.491.8604
902.491.8694
marc.doucet @ smu.ca
Jonathan Malloy
Department of Political Science
Carleton University
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6
613.520.2600 #1189
613.520.4064
jonathan_malloy @ carleton.ca
Tamara Small
Department of Political Science
Guelph University
50 Stone Rd East
Guelph ON N1G 2W1
519.824.4120
519.822.7703
t.small @ uoguelph.ca
Director - Graduate Student - Two year term 2014-2016
Jessica Kolopenuk
Department of Political Science
University of Victoria
Victoria BC V8W 3R4
250.721.6637

jkolo @ uvic.ca
Directors - One year term 2014-2015
Kelly Blidook
Department of Political Science
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL A1B 3X9
709.864.8184
709.737.4000
kblidook @ mun.ca
Chris Cochrane
University of Toronto-Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto ON M1C 1A4
416.208.5121

christopher.cochrane @ utoronto.ca
Patrik Marier
Department of Political Science
Concordia University
1455 Blvd. de Maisonneuve West
Montréal QC H3G 1M8
514.848.2424 #5187
514.848.4072
pmarier @ alcor.concordia.ca
Byron Sheldrick
Department of Political Science
University of Guelph
Guelph ON N1G 2W1
519.824.4120 #56503
519.822.7703
sheldric @ uoguelph.ca
Neil Thomlinson
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Ryerson University
JOR713 - 350 Victoria Street
Toronto ON M5B 2K3
416.979.5000 #6188
416.979.5289
nthomlinson @ politics.ryerson.ca
Other Positions
CJPS Co-editor (CPSA)
Graham White
Department of Political Science
University of Toronto
100 St. George Street, room 3018
Toronto ON M5S 3G3
514.848.2424 #2112

gwhite @ chass.utoronto.ca
2015 Programme Committee Chairperson
Cheryl Collier
Department of Political Science
University of Windsor
Windsor ON N9B 3P4
519.253.3000 #2351
519.973.7094
ccollier @ uwindsor.ca
Ontario Legislature Internship Programme Director
Henry Jacek
Department of Political Science
McMaster University
Hamilton ON L8S 4M4
905.525.9140 # 24557
905.527.3071
jacekh @ mcmaster.ca
Web: http://www.olipinterns.ca
Parliamentary Internship Programme Director
Garth Williams
131 Queen Street
4th floor
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
613.995.0764
613.995.5357
garth.williams @ publicknowledge.ca
Web: http://www.pip-psp.org
Representative to the CFHSS
Patrick Fafard
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
University of Ottawa Room 6030, 120 University Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
613.562.5800 #4186

pfafard@uottawa.ca
Representative to the IPSA
Linda Cardinal
School of Political Studies
University of Ottawa
120 University, room 7005B
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
613.562.5800 #2697
613.562.5371
Linda.Cardinal @ uottawa.ca
Representative of the Société québécoise de science politique
Daniel Salée
School of Community and Public Affairs
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West
Montreal QC H3G 1M8
514.848.2424 #2578
514.848.2577
daniel.salee @ concordia.ca
Secretariat
Silvina Danesi
Executive Director, CPSA
#204, 260 rue Dalhousie Street
Ottawa ON K1N 7E4
613.562.1202
613.241.0019
silvina_danesi@cpsa-acsp.ca
Web: http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca
Michelle Hopkins
Administrator, CPSA
#204, 260 rue Dalhousie Street
Ottawa ON K1N 7E4
613.562.1202
613.241.0019
cpsa-acsp @ cpsa-acsp.ca
Web: http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca
Tim Howard
Financial Coordinator, CPSA
#204, 260 Dalhousie Street
Ottawa ON K1N 7E4
613.562.1202
613.241.0019
cpsa-acsp@cpsa-acsp.ca
Web: http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca
Catherine Ngando Edimo
Programme Administrator, PIP
131 Queen Street
4th floor
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
613.943.6641
613.947.5582
catherine.ngandoedimo @ parl.gc.ca
Web: http://www.pip-psp.org
Eithne Whaley
Administrative Assistant, OLIP
1302 Whitney Block, Queens Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A2
416.325.0040
416.325.3505
eithne_whaley @ ontla.ola.org
Web: http://www.olip.ontla.on.ca

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