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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.


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.


Connected by Commitment. Oppression and Our Responsibility to Undermine It Oxford University Press : Mara Marin (University of Victoria (as of July 2018)) October 02, 2017


Lived Fictions: Unity and Exclusion in Canadian Politics UBC Press : John Grant (King's University College, Western University) March 15, 2018


Should We Change How We Vote? Evaluating Canada's Electoral System McGill-Queen's University Press : Andrew Potter (McGill University), Daniel Weinstock (McGill University), Peter Loewen (University of Toronto) April 01, 2017


Ms. Prime Minister: Gender, Media, and Leadership University of Toronto Press : Linda Trimble (University of Alberta) December 01, 2017


Mothers and Others: The Role of Parenthood in Politics UBC Press : Melanee Thomas (University of Calgary), Amanda Bittner (Memorial University) April 01, 2018


In the News

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


What Were the Iran Protests Really about?

Author(s): Peter Loewen, University of Toronto | Janice Gross Stein, University of Toronto | Farhaan Ladhani

Date of Publication: January 26, 2018

Media Organization: The Globe and Mail


Overall, Canadians are satisfied with online tax filing, but privacy concerns and lack of digital skills mean that achieving a fully digital tax system will take time.

Author(s): Frédérick Bastien | Harold Jansen | Royce Koop | Thierry Giasson | Tamara A. Small

Date of Publication: April 12, 2017

Media Organization: Policy Options


'Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada' makes The Hill Times list of Best Books in 2016

Author(s): Meenal Shrivastava, Athabasca University | Lorna Stefanick, Athabasca University

Date of Publication: January 03, 2017

Media Organization: AU Press

Open Source. Download here: http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120251

New PublicationS (Chapter or Journal article)

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

Racial Structural Solidarity, Section: Political Theory

Mara Marin (University of Victoria (as of July 2018)) November 13, 2017.Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy

Publication date above refers to online publication.

The case for welfare state universalism, or the lasting relevance of the paradox of redistribution, Section: Comparative Politics

Olivier Jacques (McGill University), Alain Noël (Université de Montréal) March 01, 2018.Journal of European Social Policy

Fair weather voters: do Canadians stay at home when the weather is bad?, Section: Political Behaviour/Sociology

Daniel Stockemer (University of Ottawa), Michael Wigginton (University of Ottawa) February 01, 2018.International Journal of Biometeorology

What is the relationship between precipitation and the temperature on turnout? Using data on the 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, and 2015 Canadian federal elections, we try to answer this question. Through bivariate and multi-variate statistics, we find that each millimeter of precipitation decreases turnout by more than 0.1 percentage points. When it comes to the temperature, our results indicate that higher temperatures trigger higher turnout. However, we also find that these relationships are influenced by season and only apply to spring, summer, and fall elections. In the winter 2006 elections, the association was inversed; warmer temperatures in this election triggered lower turnout, in particular when it was combined with precipitation.

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.

Invisible Women in History and Global Studies: Reflections from an Archival Research Project, Section: Women, Gender, and Politics

Meenal Shrivastava (Athabasca University) January 02, 2017.Globalizations

Searching for Persons with Disabilities in Canadian Provincial Office, Section: Provincial and Territorial Politics in Canada and Beyond

Mario Levesque (Politics ) January 31, 2016.Canadian Journal of Disability Studies 5(1) 2016: 73-106

“The Political Economy of International Migration and the Canadian Example.” Pp. 476-491 in Greg Anderson and Christopher J. Kukucha (eds.)., International Political Economy., Section: Political Economy

Yasmeen Abu-Laban (University of Alberta) April 11, 2017.Don Mills: Oxford University Press

Domestic Colonies in Canada: Rethinking the Definition of Colony, Section: Canadian Politics

Barbara Arneil (University of British Columbia) February 26, 2018.Canadian Journal of Political Science
What is a colony? In this article, I reconsider the meaning of colony in light of the existence of domestic colonies in Canada around the turn of the twentieth century. The two case studies examined are farm colonies for the mentally disabled and ill in Ontario and British Columbia and utopian colonies for Doukhobors in Saskatchewan. I show how both kinds of colonies are characterized by the same three principles found in Lockean settler colonialism: segregation, agrarian labour on uncultivated soil and improvement/cultivation of people and land. Defining “colony” in this way is theoretically interesting as it is different from the definition found in most dictionaries and post-colonial scholarship. There is also an inherent contradiction within domestic colonies as they both support state power over indigenous peoples, Doukhobors and the mentally ill and disabled but also challenge the principles of domination, individualism, private property and sovereignty upon which the Canadian settler state was founded.


Doctoral Dissertations

Strengthening electoral integrity through election management

Garnett, Holly. 2017. Strengthening electoral integrity through election management. Doctoral Dissertation. McGill University 03/01/2017

Abstract:Planning and executing an election is an enormous undertaking that is comprised of a variety of technical and administrative tasks, including registering and educating voters, setting up polling places, counting ballots, and announcing results. Many of these tasks fall under the umbrella of election management, and are executed by election management bodies (EMBs), the government agencies and departments that are tasked with the technical administration of elections. This dissertation asks: how does election management impact electoral integrity? It first considers two stages of the electoral cycle where convenience registration and voting procedures are aimed at improving participation. It then considers the capacity of the election management bodies that implement these procedures. The first study in this dissertation considers the impact of three registration innovations – election day registration, online registration and pre-registration of youth – on individual registration and turnout in 49 American states across six election years. By tracking the implementation of these registration opportunities over time, and using three modelling strategies, this study emphasizes the need for scholars to be aware of potential issues of endogeneity and the non-random implementation of election laws when evaluating the effectiveness of registration innovations. The second study considers the socio-demographic and attitudinal correlates of early voting across a number of elections in four jurisdictions: days-long advance voting in Canada, week-long advance voting in Finland, on-demand postal voting in Germany and automatic postal voting in Switzerland. This study finds that early voting is unlikely to mobilize commonly under-represented population groups, with the exception of the elderly, who are often quite likely to take advantage of early voting opportunities. The final study presents a new approach to comparing election management bodies in cross-national perspective. It measures their capacity to perform their functions through a content analysis of EMB websites in 99 countries, capturing their provision of information, communication with stakeholders, and transparency with the public. This study then assesses the measurement validity of this new measure of capacity, and conducts a small-scale test to determine whether EMBs that score high do actively communicate with their citizens. An application of this new measure of EMB capacity demonstrates its importance in predicting overall electoral integrity, indicating its importance for future scholarly and policy research. This dissertation demonstrates the importance of three different components of election management for electoral integrity and draws a number of conclusions: first, that our common assumptions about election management and election laws may be mistaken and must therefore be empirically tested; second, that capacity and context often matter more for electoral integrity than formal laws and structures; third, that election management practices may have differential impacts in different countries or for different population groups; and finally that better data sources and partnerships are needed to improve the study of election management and electoral integrity around the globe.

Supervisor: Dr. Elisabeth Gidengil

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Crown-Aboriginal Relations.

Vine, Timothy. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Crown-Aboriginal Relations. The University of Western Ontario. 03/09/2017

Abstract:The Indian Residential School system was one of the most visible instances of a broader colonial project that sought to destroy Aboriginal difference in Canada and overthrow a relationship based on treaties and mutual respect. As part of an out-of-court settlement of several class action law suits by school survivors against the federal government and churches, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was tasked with setting a historic record of the effects of the residential schools and fostering reconciliation between the parties to the settlement (including Aboriginal plaintiffs, the Government of Canada, the Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church, United Church, and Presbyterian Church). This research argues that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada represents a transformative opportunity in Crown-Aboriginal relations that has the potential to initiate a decolonial and collaborative framework where Crown and Aboriginal governments will interact as equals. This conclusion is supported by interviews with influential individuals involved in the establishment of the commission from the Assembly of First Nations, former government ministers, bureaucrats, and church leaders. Far from prescribing an outcome of reconciliation this study argues the Crown needs to follow a political ethic that makes room for Aboriginal agency in negotiating the continuing relationship between the Crown and various Aboriginal peoples in order to move away from the current colonial interactions.

Supervisor: Dr. Joanna Quinn

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

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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

Professor Robert Young Tributes | Pr Robert Young - HOMMAGES



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