Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Faculty of Social Sciences
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1584
Work E-mail: [email protected]
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His research tends to be divided between problems of democratic government and public administration, such as the regulation of political ethics and civil service reform, and problems related to the politics of environmental policy-making. In his work, he mainly uses theoretical frameworks derived from historical neoinstitutionalism and framing analysis to understand the political factors and dynamics that lead to particular policy choices. As a result, his research is essentially qualitative, using process tracing, textual analysis and elite interviewing and it often relies on case studies.
Type of Student Support He Seeks
In general, he requires the support of students who are familiar with qualitative methods used in the social sciences, have a good understanding of the principles and institutions of liberal democratic institutions and who can assist him with data collection and analysis. Excellent documentary research and writing skills are generally paramount. In some cases, familiarity with the NVivo data analysis software can be required.
Research Question Examples a Student He Supervises Could Work On
- Can differences among the shale gas policies of Québec, New Brunswick and New York State be explained by variations in how the issue has been framed in official and public discourse?
- Have federal institutions and patterns of intergovernmental relations affected the national coordination of renewable energy policy differently in Canada, Australia and Germany?
- To what extent can differences in provincial climate policies be explained by variations in public opinion, party competition and their interplay?
- Considering the conditions associated with international regime effectiveness, how can we assess the Arctic Council’s potential as an adequate forum for environmental governance as the region is affected by climate change?
- To what extent is the evolving jurisprudence of international trade law creating a disincentive for the adoption of stringent domestic environmental protection measures?
- Under what conditions is corporate shaming an effective strategy for environmental advocates?