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Professor Ed Schatz honoured by APSA

June 8, 2010

The American Political Science Association have selected Professor Ed Schatz as the co-recipient of the Giovanni Sartori Book Award for his work, Political Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Power. The book, a collection of original essays edited by Professor Schatz, demonstrates how ethnography is uniquely suited for illuminating political science. The Giovanni […]

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Patricia McCarney hopes to keep cities database in Toronto

June 7, 2010

Do cities that have the most police officers have the least violent crime? What’s the typical voter turnout for city elections around the world? Do cities with high densities have high transit ridership? Don’t know? It was hard to find out until a unique project housed at the University of Toronto began to build a […]

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Two studies by U of T political scientists suggest shift in Canadians' attitude to war

June 7, 2010

War casualties in Afghanistan could actually boost support for the mission and the federal Conservative government, two new academic studies reveal. In fact, the image of flag-draped coffins — long seen as a potential political liability for any government — could make Canadians more hawkish about the Afghan war in general and less likely to […]

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John Kirton and his summit scholars gear up for G20

June 5, 2010

The first picture you see on John Kirton’s office wall is a small reminder of how much the world has changed in two decades of watching G8 summits. In it, the curly haired political science professor is shaking hands with former Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kirton has just helped him pull off the 2006 G8 […]

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Former student Kristin Good wins 2010 Donald Smiley Prize

June 4, 2010

Kristin Good has won the 2010 Donald Smiley Prize for her book, Municipalities and Multiculturalism: The Politics of Immigration in Toronto and Vancouver.  In the words of the prize jury, “This book will contribute to the renewal of urban policy studies in Canada. By combining a critical questioning of multiculturalism with an in-depth examination of […]

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Judith Teichman suggests decriminalizing drugs would curb violence in Mexico

May 27, 2010

Where else in the world do they have a single noun to denote a man who turns up dead in the trunk of a car? In northern Mexico, they call the wretch un encajuelado, and the phenomenon has become a sufficiently frequent feature of the local landscape that it merits a word all its own. […]

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Let them stay, Joseph Carens says about illegal immigrants

May 27, 2010

For most unlawful acts, we can all pretty much agree about the egregiousness of the offense: Murder is worse than burglary is worse than parking violations. But when it comes to illegal immigration, that consensus breaks down dramatically. As undocumented immigrants and their supporters see it, these residents are doing what any of us would […]

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Kiran Banerjee Wins Canada's Most Prestigious PhD Award

May 19, 2010

PhD student, Kiran Banerjee, has won the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canada’s most prestigious scholarship for doctoral students. The award recognizes students in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health sciences who have demonstrated leadership skills and high standards of scholarly achievement in their graduate studies. The award is worth $50,000 […]

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Louis Pauly describes how the IMF found the "sweet spot"

May 18, 2010

He’s been called a grand seducteur, a president in waiting, and Mr. Euro. But now Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the suave, French-born head of the International Monetary Fund, has the whole world in his manicured hands, catching the plummeting Greek economy in free fall, while stroking wealthier countries who fear a knock at their door for handouts […]

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The future looks bright for Prof. Janice Stein

May 18, 2010

Since her arrival at the University of Toronto nearly three decades ago, political scientist Janice Stein has done much to make her mark on campus and on the city beyond. The tiny scholar with the big red glasses has schooled thousands of first-year students on the basics of international relations, authored books and articles and […]

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