Check out some of the latest publications by Department of Political Science faculty:
Democratic Illusion: Deliberative Democracy in Canadian Public Policy
Genevieve Fuji Johnson
Democratic Illusion: Deliberative Democracy in Canadian Public Policy is the winner of BCPSA's 2016 Weller Prize for the best book published by a BC Political Scientist.
The theory of deliberative democracy promotes the creation of systems of governance in which citizens actively exchange ideas, engage in debate, and create laws that are responsive to their interests and aspirations. While deliberative processes are being adopted in an increasing number of cases, decision-making power remains mostly in the hands of traditional elites.
In Democratic Illusion, Genevieve Fuji Johnson examines four representative examples: participatory budgeting in the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Deliberative Polling by Nova Scotia Power Incorporated, a national consultation process by the Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Organization, and public consultations embedded in the development of official languages policies in Nunavut. In each case, measures that appeared to empower the public failed to challenge the status quo approach to either formulating or implementing policy.
Illuminating a critical gap between deliberative democratic theory and its applications, this timely and important study shows what needs to be done to ensure deliberative processes offer more than the illusion of democracy.
Varieties of Governance: Dynamics, Strategies, Capacities
Editied by Gilberto Capano, Michael Howlett, M. Ramesh
The study of governance may be currently in fashion, but it is also a firmly-established lens through which the complexities of contemporary policy making can be analysed while examining the ways in which a society and its political processes are organized and steered. Governance thus needs to be seen as a general concept within political analysis which offers a necessary heuristic tool for understanding the complexities of political processes, the policies these produce and the outcomes they generate. However, despite a great deal having been written on the subject in recent years, questions remain about many fundamental aspects of governance. This is especially the case when trying to define the modes of governance and their dynamics. Many varieties of governance exist, both cross-nationally and cross-sectorally: Understanding why and how it is important for the future of governance studies is the subject of the cross-national and theoretically-informed case studies presented in this volume.
Canadian Constitutional Conventions: The Marriage of Law & Politics, Second Edition
Drawing on perspectives from both law and political science, Canadian Constitutional Conventions surveys the rich landscape of the unwritten rules that affect the constitution and play a vital role in our political system. Thoroughly revised and up to date, the second edition is essential reading for students of Canadian democracy as well as professionals working in this country's legal and political realms.
Three Perspectives on Human Irrationality: The Book of Rules
This book recognises that we don’t understand who we are or why we do what we do. This is because our models of human behaviour, based on a naïve view of rationality, are flawed. Recognising the limitations of rationality, we still need to fill the vacuum with better explanations for self-destructive behaviour in individuals and groups, from overeating to addiction to fighting wars in far-off places for unclear reasons and with unclear plans. By lifting the veil on human irrationality, Andy Hira’s analysis can help us to understand and challenge ourselves and society to solve persistent problems, from world hunger to climate change. The fact that we already know how to solve these and a myriad of other social problems, yet never do so, reveals the need for a fresh perspective.
Introduction to Time Series Analysis
Introducing time series methods and their application in social science research, this practical guide to time series models is the first in the field written for a non-econometrics audience. Giving readers the tools they need to apply models to their own research, this unique book demonstrates the use of — and the assumptions underlying — common models of time series data, including finite distributed lag; autoregressive distributed lag; moving average; differenced data; and GARCH, ARMA, ARIMA, and error correction models.
Reviving Social Democracy: The Near Death and Surprising Rise of the Federal NDP
Edited by David Laycock and Lynda Erickson
In the 2011 general election, the New Democratic Party stunned political pundits by becoming the Official Opposition in the House of Commons. After near collapse in the 1993 election, how did the NDP manage to win triple the seats of its Liberal rivals and take more than three-quarters of the ridings in Quebec? Reviving Social Democracy examines the federal NDP's transformation from "nearly dead party" to new power player within a volatile party system. Its early chapters -- on the party's emergence in the 1960s, its presence in Quebec, and the Jack Layton factor -- pave the way for insightful analyses of issues such as party modernization, changing ideology, voter profile, and policy formation that played a significant role in driving the "Orange Crush" phenomenon. Later chapters explore such future-facing questions as the prospects of party mergers and the challenges of maintaining support in the long term. Focusing on elections, voters, party activists, party policies, and ideas, all contextualized in a dynamic federal party system, this perceptive analysis of the political fortunes of the NDP adds to our understanding of its role within the Canadian party system. It also positions us within the political landscape as we move towards the next election.
L'intégration des Immigrants: Cinquante ans d'action publique locale
C’est essentiellement dans les zones urbaines que se déploient les enjeux de l’intégration des immigrants et des minorités. Pourtant, quand on s’intéresse aux conflits qui marquent la vie publique, on voit rarement les municipalités autrement que comme des gestionnaires de services et non comme les centres de pouvoir politique qu’elles sont. Analysant plus de cinquante ans d’action publique locale, Aude-Claire Fourot montre la capacité des municipalités à adopter des politiques qui leur sont propres et met en lumière pourquoi deux villes comme Montréal et Laval, soumises aux mêmes contraintes institutionnelles, adoptent des trajectoires politiques différentes en matière d’immigration. Plus que l’intégration dans les villes, c’est aussi l’intégration des minorités par les villes qu’elle permet d’explorer