Josh Gordon

Assistant Professor








Josh Gordon is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy. He completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2012 and joined the School in August of 2014.

His doctoral research focused on the politics of labor market policy and the welfare state in the advanced industrialized democracies. It looked specifically at the postwar role of union movements in the evolution of unemployment benefits and employment protection legislation (hiring and firing rules).

His recent research has focused on the Canadian housing market, especially the housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver. A report in May 2016 documented the debate over Vancouver’s housing affordability crisis. Other work has looked at the politics of these housing markets, and he is working on a forthcoming article on the topic. A report on the Toronto real estate market is due to be released in March 2017.

He is also currently turning his dissertation into a book manuscript. Two articles related to this work have appeared in Socio-Economic Review and West European Politics. He has a chapter in a forthcoming edited collection that looks at the role of employer groups in welfare state politics. A paper on Sweden’s unemployment insurance system is currently under review. 

Future work will examine why some countries have created major fiscal liabilities for future generations, mainly in terms of public debt and problematic public pension systems, while others have effectively limited such fiscal obligations.


PLCY 803 – Political Foundations of Public Policy I
PLCY 804 – Political Foundations of Public Policy II
PLCY 806 - Research Methods II
PLCY 808 - Advanced Policy Analysis I
PLCY 809 - Advanced Policy Analysis II