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Paul Thomas

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Phone:613-520-2600 x 1432
Office:B644 Loeb

Paul EJ Thomas is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science, and a Program Fellow with Carleton’s Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management. Paul’s research focuses on legislative representation, political parties, and MP behaviour in Canada and the UK. He is particularly interested in the growth of all-party groups and caucuses, the changing role of religion in politics, and how legislative procedures can shape the influence of MPs.

Paul is also the Treasurer of the Canadian Study of Parliament Group. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Paul worked in public affairs for Cancer Research UK, a British charity. He also was a researcher for Senator Yoine Goldstein, and completed the Canadian Political Science Association’s Parliamentary Internship Programme.

Recent publications:

Books, articles, and chapters

Paul Thomas. All-Party Groups in Westminster Legislatures: Backbench Activism and Interest Representation in Canada and the United Kingdom. (Under contract with UBC Press).

David Rayside, Jerald Sabin and Paul Thomas. 2017. Religion and Canadian Party Politics. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Paul Thomas. 2017. “Democratizing the Legislative Branch of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.” In The Democracy Cookbook: Recipes to Renew Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador, eds. Alex Marland and Lisa Moore. St. John’s: ISER Books and The Telegram (St. John’s).

Paul Thomas and Graham White. 2015. “Evaluating Provincial and Territorial Legislatures.” In Provinces: Canadian provincial politics, 3rd Edition, ed. Christopher J. C. Dunn. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Paul Thomas. 2015. “The Study of Canadian Legislatures.” Public Sector Management. 26(1): 20-21.

Paul Thomas, Peter Loewen and Michael MacKenzie. 2013. “Fair isn’t Always Equal: Constituency Population and the Quality of Representation in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. 46(2): 273-293.


JP Lewis and Paul Thomas. June 2017. “Canadian Provincial Legislatures and the threat of Executive Creep.” CPSA Annual Conference, Ryerson University.

Jerald Sabin, Paul Thomas, and David Rayside. June 2017. “Religion and the 2017 Conservative Party of Canada leadership race.” CPSA Annual Conference, Ryerson University.

Paul Thomas. April 2017. “Cooperation without consequence? A review of participation in all-party groups by members of the House of Lords.” Political Studies Association 67th Annual Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

John McAndrews, Feodor Snagovsky, and Paul Thomas. April 2017. “Citizens’ Attitudes Toward Legislator Independence: Experimental evidence from Canada.” Political Studies Association 67th Annual Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Paul Thomas. 2015. “Cooperation in a time of conflict: Exploring the growth of all-party groups in Canada.” Paper presented at the annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Ottawa, June 2 – 4.

Paul Thomas. 2015. “Reaching across the aisle: explaining the rise of All-Party Parliamentary Groups in the United Kingdom.” Paper presented at the Political Studies Association 65th Annual International Conference, Sheffield, UK, March 30 – April 1.

Paul Thomas. 2014. “Why can they all just get along? Exploring influences on cross-party cooperation among backbench politicians in the Canadian, British Parliaments and Scottish Parliaments.” Paper presented at the 23rd World Congress of Political Science, Montreal, July 20-24.

Paul Thomas and Jerry Sabin. 2013. “Faith organizing, party politics, and the exceptionalism of abortion in the Harper Era.” Paper presented at the annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Victoria, June 2 – 4.