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Acknowledging the best and brightest at the annual Undergraduate Student Awards

February 2, 2017

On January 31st, political science undergraduate students, their parents, faculty and donors gathered once again to celebrate the academic achievements of the best and brightest. Presided over by Associate Chair and Undergraduate Director Rodney Haddow, the awards were presented to the students by the Chair Louis Pauly. Haddow, who will soon be stepping down from […]

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2017: What lies ahead according to Political Science Chair

January 31, 2017

The Department of Arts & Science spoke to Political Science Chair Louis Pauly about what’s ahead in the coming year, how Political Science at the University of Toronto remains best known for its commitment to political philosophy and why the Departments scholarly forebears would surely be proud. The full article is available here.

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Executive order on 7-nation ban: A statement from the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

January 30, 2017

Department of Political Science University of Toronto Statement on US Executive Order on Immigration January 29, 2017 The United States Government has issued an executive order on immigration indefinitely banning Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days, and blocking the entry of citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, refugees […]

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Women’s March makes history

January 23, 2017

Before an estimated 2.9 million Americans took to the streets on January 21 to protest the recently-inaugurated President of the United States Donald Trump, U of T News spoke with Sylvia Bashevkin. As a political science professor in the Faculty of Arts & Science best known for her research contributions in the field of women and politics, Bashevkin spoke […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  President Elect Donald Trump sits on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

UofT Political Scientists on Trump inauguration

January 20, 2017

As Trump’s presidency kicked off amid Inauguration Day boycotts and protests, U of T News spoke with University of Toronto experts from the Department of Political Science to provide insight into areas such as global politics and trade (Renan Levine, Carla Norrlof and Judith Teichman) and the environment (Kate Neville and Matthew Hoffmann). The full article is available here. […]

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A telling cabinet reshuffle?

January 13, 2017

In the wake of PM Justin Trudeau’s announcement that Maryam Monsef was being shuffled from the democratic institutions file to status of women, Erin Tolley, assistant professor of political science at the University of Toronto said, “It says a lot about how we regard women’s issues (like pay equity, child care and violence against women) that it […]

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U.S. election shortfalls

January 12, 2017

Since the Cold War, more nations have held elections that may be highly competitive — but still don’t meet the minimum standards for being free, fair and democratic. The 2016 U.S. presidential election included some of the same violations of democratic norms and procedures often found in fragile democracies and “competitive authoritarian” regimes. As researchers […]

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A Chinese magazine with a front page story naming US President-elect Donald Trump as their Person of the Year is seen at a news stand in Beijing on December 29, 2016. / AFP / GREG BAKER        (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump effect

January 10, 2017

Despite Donald Trump’s inauguration being three weeks away, he’s been influencing policy and global markets since the day after his election as the next U.S. president. On Monday – under repeated criticism from Trump – Ford Motor Company announced it would cancel plans to build a small-car assembly plant in Mexico. Just a few hours earlier, Trump […]

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Best Books 2016

January 10, 2017

Several U of T political scientists were included in The Hill Times list of ‘Best Books 2016’. They were: Backrooms and Beyond: Partisan Advisers and the Politics of Policy Work in Canada by Jonathan Craft, University of Toronto Press Dynasties and Interludes: Past and Present in Canadian Electoral Politics by Lawrence Leduc and Jon H. Pammett, Dundurn […]

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How a country gets forged in the classroom

January 5, 2017

In a recent Toronto Star article, Political Scientist Robert Vipond describes his latest book Making A Global City: How One Toronto School Embraced Diversity as a “biography of a school”. Clinton Street Junior Public School is coined an ‘incubator of citizenship’ and it’s history is traced from the first half of the last century beginning with “Jewish Clinton,” […]

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