Indigenous-settler intergovernmental relations; northern political development; comparative federalism; identity politics; public administration.
- SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017-2019
- John McMenemy Prize, Canadian Political Science Association, 2015
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Thursday, August 11, 2022
Jerald Sabin Publishes Article about Occupation of Ottawa in the Canadian Journal of Political Science
Canadian Federalism, Multilevel Politics and the Occupation of Ottawa Published online by Cambridge University Press: 11 July 2022 Jerald Sabin Abstract For three weeks in early 2022, the streets of downtown Ottawa were occupied by protestors associated with the so-called Freedom Convoy. The inability of Ottawa's municipal police to end the...
Monday, December 20, 2021
2021 Highlights in SPPA
From new research funding to teaching awards to timely events, there are many reasons to celebrate the outstanding efforts of everyone in the Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) this year. While we faced many challenges, 2021 also presented new opportunities, which were embraced by the faculty, staff and students within FPA. What follows is...
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
SPPA Researchers Receive SSHRC Insight Development Grants
We are proud to announce FPA’s winners of the 2021 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grants. These grants support research in its early stages, enabling “the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas.” Jose Galdo,...
Tlicho Election Survey
C-Dem: The Consortium on Electoral Democracy
SSHRC Partnership Grant, $2.5 million
Principal Investigators: Laura Stephenson (Western) and Allison Harrell (UQAM)
This study explores the attitudes and opinions of voters about democracy, policy, and elections management during the Tłı̨chǫ Grand Chief Elections in September 2021. Co-developed and co-directed by the Tłı̨chǫ Government, Hotıì ts’eeda, and Tłı̨chǫ knowledge keepers, this project explores the electoral management (administration) and political (voting behaviour) dimensions of an Indigenous electoral system. This survey is part of the Consortium on Electoral Democracy, a SSHRC Partnership grant that builds upon the long tradition of Canadian Election Studies (CES) and provincial election studies conducted by teams of researchers around the country since 1965.
The goals of this project are to (1) analyze the development of Tłı̨chǫ leadership selection processes over time and (2) conduct the first voting behaviour study in North America within an Indigenous electoral system. The latter will create a common core set of survey questions that could be adapted for use within other Indigenous electoral systems and enable the development of a new field of research in comparative Indigenous electoral behaviour.
What is a territory? Comparative federalism and colonial political development in North America
SSHRC Insight Development Grant, $44,160
Principal Investigator: Jerald Sabin
This project explores the development and uses of territories in Canada and the United States (U.S.). With their diverse histories and geographies – ranging from tropical islands to Arctic tundra – the project considers what binds these regions together under the jurisdictional class of “territory.”
Religion and Canadian Party Politics
Religion is usually thought of as inconsequential to contemporary Canadian politics. Religion and Canadian Party Politics takes a hard look at just how much or how little influence faith continues to have in federal, provincial, and territorial political arenas.
Drawing on case studies from across the country, this book explores the three axes of religiously based contention that have been most influential in Canada. Historically, denominational distinctions between Catholics and Protestants shaped party oppositions across several regions. Since the 1960s, as religiosity experienced a steep decline, a newly politicized divide opened between religious conservatives and political reformers. Then since the 1990s, sporadic controversy has centred on the political and legal recognition of non-Christian religious minority rights. Although the extent of partisan engagement with each of these sources of contention has varied across time and region, this book shows that religion still matters in shaping party politics.
- October 27, 2020
Jerald Sabin, School of Public Policy and Administration (FPA News)
- March 14, 2018
Douglas Todd: How Religion Cuts into Politics in B.C (Vancouver Sun)
- August 29 2016
2016 Trudeau ends Harper’s tradition of attending Artic military exercise (CBC News)
- May 29, 2016
Justin Trudeau’s Election Redefined Politics of Manliness, Study Suggests (CBC News)
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