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William Cross

Canadian and comparative political parties and election campaigning; Comparative electoral systems; Youth political participation; Canadian democratic institutions and political behaviour

Degrees:BA (Waterloo) MA, PhD (Western) JD (University of Houston Law School) MPS (The Graduate School of Political Management)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2799
Email:william.cross@carleton.ca
Office:D699 Loeb Building
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Professor

William Cross is the Hon. Dick and Ruth Bell Chair for the Study of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. Dr. Cross is a student of Canadian and comparative political institutions and his work emphasizes the connections between civil society and political parties and legislatures. His recent work focusses on questions relating to intra-party democracy and organization.  This includes studies of party leadership selection, candidate recruitment and selection, party membership, election campaigning and power relations between local and national party organizations across the Anglo parliamentary democracies.  Dr. Cross’ writing has appeared in many political science journals and his recent books include: The Politics of Party Leadership (Oxford University Press, 2015), The Challenges of Intra-Party Democracy (Oxford University Press 2013) and Politics at the Centre: The Selection and Removal of Party Leaders in the Anglo Parliamentary Democracies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). The latter of which received the 2013 Donald Smiley Prize from the Canadian Political Science Association.

In 2015-16, Dr. Cross is President of the Canadian Political Science Association. Since 2000, he has served as director of the Canadian Democratic Audit and in 2004-05, he was Director of Research for the New Brunswick Commission on Legislative Democracy.

Dr. Cross joined Carleton in 2005 after teaching for eight years at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick where he held the Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Chair in Canadian Studies. Prior to that, he was a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia.  In an earlier life, he was Legal Counsel to the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. and Staff Council for Dukakis for President in Boston, MA.

Selected Publications

William Cross and Jean-Benoit Pilet, eds., The Politics of Party Leadership.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

William Cross and Richard S. Katz, eds., The Challenges of Intra-Party Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

William Cross and Andre Blais, Politics at the Centre: The Selection and Removal of Party Leaders in the Anglo Parliamentary Democracies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

William Cross and Anika Gauja, “Evolving Membership Strategies in Australian Political Parties,Australian Journal of Political Science 49:4, 2014, 611-625.

William Cross, ed., Auditing Canadian Democracy. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010.

William Cross, Political Parties. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2004.

William Cross, “Understanding Power Sharing in Political Parties: Stratarchy as Mutual Interdependence Between The Party in the Centre and the Party On-The-Ground,” Forthcoming in Government and Opposition.