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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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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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2017: What to expect globally

January 4, 2017

U of T News recently spoke with several University of Toronto Political Scientists including Aurel Braun, Kate Neville, Matthew Hoffmann, Randall Hansen and Aisha Ahmad to gauge what lies ahead in 2017 when it comes to Syria’s future, the fate of Europe, climate change and global security. The article is available here. Photo by: Sunil Pradhan/NurPhoto […]

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Indigenous alumnae celebrated by U of T

December 9, 2016

Audrey Rochette, a former Political Science student who graduated in June this year, was recently awarded the ‘Outstanding Native Student of the Year Award’ at the University of Toronto’s First Nations House. Worth $4,000, the award recognizes Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students at the top of their class who contribute to their communities. The full […]

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Innovation Agenda should focus on humanities

November 30, 2016

Earlier this year, the government of Canada launched its Innovation Agenda, actively soliciting advice from the public on how to increase the country’s profile as a world leader in innovation, including how to improve the role of the education system in raising the next generation of tech leaders. Some academics have raised concerns about the role […]

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