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  • Canadian Government
  • Development Studies


  • MESc, University of British Columbia
  • M.A., Yale University
  • Ph.D., Yale University

Richard Simeon

Professor Emeritus


Primary research and teaching interests include comparative politics, especially constitutionalism, federalism and the politics of divided societies; and Canadian politics, especially public policy and federalism. Current research on comparative constitutional politics and strategies for recognizing and accommodating ethnic and cultural differences in divided societies. Major publications include Federal-Provincial Diplomacy (1972, re-issued with new Postscript, 2006); Small Worlds, with David Elkins (1980); State, Society and the Development of Canadian Federalism (1990), with Ian Robinson; Redesigning the State, with Keith Banting, 1985; In Search of a Social Contract: Can We Make Hard Decisions as if Democracy Matters (1994)?;Language Matters: How Canadadian Voluntary Associations Manage French and English (edited with David Cameron, 2009) Imperfect Democracies: Comparing the Democratic Deficit in Canada and the United States, edited with Patti Lenard (forthcoming, 2012); and a wide variety of articles on constitutional design, federalism and public policy. Cross appointed with Faculty of Law and School of Public Policy and Governance.



Research Interests

  • Comparative Politics
  • Federalism
  • Constitutionalism
  • Canadian Politics
  • Politics of Divided Societies

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