What do political scientists do?  Politics is about power, and political science understands the processes, ideas, and institutions through which power is structured, as well as power's effects. Thus, we look at subjects that range from Canadian elections and political parties to the ethics of war and post-conflict management, from the political economy of the global South to theories of justice and citizenship, and from environmental movements to gender relations. In the Department of Political Science, our research and teaching engage with the big questions and with the critical events that shape politics around the world.

  1. The tricky art of polling

    Political scientist says polls are but ‘single frames in an epic film.’

  2. Health care levies may not lead to a better system

    Health policy expert John Church says Albertans will likely demand more from the health system if they are expected to pay more into it. (CBC)

    For the complete article visit: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/health-care-levies-may-not-lead-to-a-better-system-1.3010597

  3. Disengaged? Fixed Date, Democracy, and Understanding the 2011 Manitoba Election - By Dr. Jared Wesley

    Elections are a critical component of democracy, yet civic engagement has reached a post-war low in Manitoba. Barely half of all eligible voters showed up to vote in the last three provincial elections. Surveys show that many of these non-voters feel alienated from the political process, or have other priorities on Election Day. Of particular interest is the rate of turnout among youth, aboriginals, and immigrants.

    This important Canadian case study addresses the democratic deficit from a wide range of perspectives, providing scholars, observers, and citizens with an accessible account of politics and elections in Manitoba, while illuminating an issue that resonates across the country.

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  1. Congratulations to Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Jatinder Mann, who was awarded an inaugural 'Avi Arensen Canadian Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship' by the International Council for Canadian Studies

    Congratulations to Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Jatinder Mann, who was awarded an inaugural 'Avi Arensen Canadian Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship' by the International Council for Canadian Studies. 

    Dr. Mann will conduct research in Ottawa for his project, "The end of the British World and the Redefinition of Citizenship in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, 1950s-1970s." 

    While in Ottawa Dr. Mann will be based at the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University.

  2. "Parliament needs culture shift for women to play rightful role" - Ed Journal.

    Political science graduate students Daisy Raphael and Margot Challborn pen a timely op-ed on sexual harassment on the Hill - Opinion: Time for a culture shift and shift in power.

  3. Rabbi Daniel Friedman of Beth Israel Synagogue and PhD candidate at the University of Alberta was present as Premier Jim Prentice was sworn in

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