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New Books & Publications

Books written/edited by CPSA members. Journal articles, chapters, reports and new publications written by CPSA members. Organized by CPSA sections, as defined by Conference sections.

Doctoral Dissertations, Awards, Grants and Honours

Doctoral dissertations, awards, grants and honours of CPSA members.

In the News

Newspaper articles/op-ed written by CPSA members and media stories featuring CPSA members.

New Books

Books written/edited by CPSA members.


The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts in the United States and Canada University of Toronto Press : Mildred A. Schwartz (UIC), Raymond Tatalovich (Loyola U. Chicago) June 21, 2018

In The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts in the United States and Canada, sociologist Mildred A. Schwartz and political scientist Raymond Tatalovich bring their disciplinary insights to the study of moral issues. Beginning with prohibition, Schwartz and Tatalovich trace the phases of its evolution from emergence, establishment, decline and resurgence, to resolution. Prohibition’s life history generates a series of hypotheses about how passage through each of the phases affected subsequent developments and how these were shaped by the political institutions and social character of the United States and Canada.Using the history of prohibition in North America as a point of reference, the authors move on to address the anticipated progression and possible resolution of six contemporary moral issues: abortion, capital punishment, gun control, marijuana, pornography, and same-sex relations. Schwartz and Tatalovich build a new theoretical approach by drawing on scholarship on agenda-setting, mass media, social movements, and social problems. The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts provides new insights into how moral conflicts develop and interact with their social and political environment.


Federalism in Action: the Devolution of Canada's Public Employment Service 1995-2015 University of Toronto Press : Donna E. Wood (University of Victoria) May 08, 2018

Every developed country has a public employment service that connects job seekers with employers through information, placement, and training support services. In Federalism in Action, Donna E. Wood assesses how Canada’s public employment service is performing after responsibility was transferred from the federal government to provinces, territories, and Aboriginal organizations between 1995 and 2015.Drawing upon over twenty years of data, Wood reveals the governance choices provinces made, the reasons behind these choices, and the outcomes they achieved. Provincial decisions regarding employment programming is an important public policy issue about which little is known, and even less understood within the context of Aboriginal communities. Federalism in Action includes analytical comparisons of Canada’s employment programming with the United States, Australia, and the European Union, as well as information from insightful interviews with key informants from every province. In firmly placing Canada within the extensive international literature on the governance of welfare-to-work policies, this book makes an important new contribution to research.


Leading-Edge Research in Public Sector Innovation: Structure, Dynamics, Values and Outcomes Peter Lang. : Eleanor D. Glor, Editor. () May 12, 2018

Government and non-profit sector (public sector) innovation has been studied since the 1950s and has emerged into a strong cross-disciplinary research field, with its own schools of study. Innovation is studied in fields and organizations that are open to trying out new policies, programs or processes. During its publication since 1995, The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal(TIJ), (www.innovation.cc)  has published papers and books discussing theory, practice, public policy and administration, health, education, international/national/provincial/local governments and many other subjects. It has been in the forefront of studying new practices and approaches such as leadership, employee empowerment, policy informatics and collaboration. It is truly cross-disciplinary. This book brings together sixteen essays originally published in TIJ, including best-known scholars of public sector innovation such as Everett M. Rogers, James Iain Gow, Frances Westley and Eleanor D. Glor. For further information, see: https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/82269?format=HC



Representation in Action: Canadian MPs in the Constituencies University of British Columbia Press : Royce Koop (University of Manitoba), Heather Bastedo (Public Square Research), Kelly Blidook (Memorial University) January 15, 2018


Maternal Transition: A North-South Politics of Pregnancy and Childbirth Routledge : Candace Johnson (University of Guelph) April 16, 2018


Human and Environmental Justice in Guatemala University of Toronto Press : Stephen Henighan (University of Guelph), Candace Johnson (University of Guelph) October 01, 2018

Edited volume.


In the News

Newspaper articles/op-ed written by CPSA members and media stories featuring CPSA members.

New PublicationS (Chapter or Journal article)

New publications written by at least one CPSA member.
Organized by CPSA sections, as defined by Conference sections

Crises of the EU and their Impact on European Integration, Section: Comparative Politics

Amy Verdun (University of Victoria), Valerie D'Erman (University of Victoria) May 01, 2018.Special Issue of the Review of European and Russian Affairs (RERA)

The Review of European and Russian Affairs (RERA) has published a new special issue, Vol 12 No 1 (2018): Crises of the EU and their Impact on European Integration.  

This special issue is edited by Amy Verdun, Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam, and the founding Director of the European Studies Program at University of Victoria and Valerie D'Erman, Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria in the Department of Political Science. The issue examines four different crisis-related situations – Euro, migration, Brexit and populism – affecting European countries and European integration.

RERA, an online academic journal, publishes research articles and book/literature reviews related to Europe and Russian including the European Union, its Member States, the West Balkans, Eastern Europe, and successor states of the former Soviet Union. The journal is interdisciplinary with a focus on the social sciences, policy studies, law, and international affairs. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a double-blind peer review process; the journal is open access. RERA is housed at the Centre for European studies at Carleton University (Ottawa) (www.carleton.ca/ces).  

Compulsory Voting and Voter Information Seeking, Section: Political Behaviour/Sociology

Shane Singh (University of Georgia), Jason Roy (Wilfrid Laurier University) January 25, 2018.Research & Politics

Compulsory voting is known to produce a relatively weak match between voters’ ballot choices and their preferences. We theorize that this link, in part, exists because compelled voters are relatively unlikely to seek out political information during an election campaign, even after differences in political sophistication across compelled and voluntary voters are taken into account. To test our expectations, we use a simulation of an Australian election, through which we track participants’ information searches. Our findings show that those who do not turn out voluntarily under Australia’s compulsory voting law tend to spend less time seeking out political information, and they engage with less information. While differences in political sophistication between those who feel compelled to vote and those who do not account for a portion of this pattern, feeling compelled also has an independent effect on information seeking. This suggests that the negative relationship between compulsory voting and the “quality” of votes is partly due to the fact that those who are compelled to turn out expend less effort when deciding how to cast their ballots.


Doctoral Dissertations

Awards, Grants and Honours

Awards, grants and honours of CPSA members.

Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award

May 25, 2017 | American Political Science Association, Canadian Politics Section

Professor Richard Johnston (UBC)

Professor Richard Johnston has been named the winner of the Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Politics Section of American Political Science Association (APSA). The Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes scholarship and leadership in bringing the study of Canadian Politics to the international political science community.

The Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching

April 01, 2017 | The University of Western Ontario

Dr. Dan Bousfield, Assistant Professor, The University of Western Ontario

Professor Bousfield is this year's recipient of the the Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Bousfield’s aim is to make the learning experience more accessible for his students. It is this approach that leads Bousfield to always be experimenting with the use of technology and social media in his classes. Bousfield tries to approach his subject matter through shared interests with his students, bringing in what he describes as “found objects” – such as social media and pop culture - to engage the students.

Provost’s Outstanding New Teacher Award

April 28, 2017 | University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Colleen Bell

Historical Bulletins

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Appointments and Promotions

Department of Political Science.University of Victoria: 2018-07-01

Mara Marin. Previous appointment was Postdoctoral Associate, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto. New appointment is Assistant Professor.

Department of Political Science.University of Waterloo: 2017-07-01

Dr. Emmett McFarlane. Previous rank was Assistant Professor. New rank is Associate Professor.

Department of Political Science.McGill University: 2017-04-01

Dr. Éric Bélanger. Previous rank was Professor. New rank is Director of Quebec Studies Program.

Department of Political Science.University of Waterloo: 2017-07-01

Dr. Anna Esselment. Previous rank was Assistant Professor. New rank is Associate Professor.


Honouring friends and collegues of the CPSA community.

Professor Robert Young

1950 – 2017

The Canadian Political Science Association has lost a dear friend and valued colleague, with the death of Bob Young. Bob was President of the CPSA in 2003-04, and had a long and distinguished career at the University of Western Ontario. He was one of the nation?s leading scholars on Canadian federalism and also the significance of multilevel governance for public policy at the municipal level. He held a Canada Research Chair in Multilevel Governance and received a number of awards and distinctions for both research and teaching. He published extensively on federalism, provincial politics, municipal politics and social policy. He was also an important contributor to projects at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen?s University. He was a regular participant at CPSA meetings and in addition to his outstanding contributions to research and service, will be fondly remembered for his good humour and as a witty conversationalist. We send our condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.
Janet Hiebert, CPSA President

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