Title/Position: Professor and Canada Research Chair in Multilevel Governance
Department/Faculty/Institution: Political Science, University of Western Ontario
Degree(s)/School(s): BA, MA (McGill); D.Phil. (Oxford)
MCRI Projects: Advisory Board Member
Background: Robert Young holds the Canada Research Chair in Multilevel Governance and is currently leading a large research project on public policy at the municipal level, funded mainly by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Young has previously published on politics in the Maritimes and on industrial policy and free trade, and has also studied issues around secession, both comparatively and in the case of Canada. He is the author of The Secession of Quebec and the Future of Canada (1995) and The Struggle for Quebec (1999). He is the co-editor of Canada: The State of the Federation 2004 – Municipal-Federal-Provincial Relations in Canada (2006) and of Foundations of Governance: Municipal Government in Canada’s Provinces (2009). Young is Co-director of the Political Economy Research Group at Western. He sits on several academic advisory committees, and is a Fellow of the CD Howe Institute and of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations. In 2003-4 he was President of the Canadian Political Science Association.
Research Interests: multilevel governance and public policy in Canadian municipalities.
Young, R., & Horak, M. (2012). Sites of governance: Multilevel governance and policy making in Canada’s big cities. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Sancton, A., Young, R. A. (2009). Foundations of governance: Municipal government in Canada’s provinces. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Young, R. & Leuprecht, C. (2006). Canada: The State of the Federation 2004 Municipal-Federal-Provincial Relations in Canada. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press for the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations.
Young, R. (1999). The struggle for Quebec: From referendum to referendum? Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Young, R. & Queen’s University (Kingston, O. I. o. I. R). (1999). Stretching the federation: The art of the state in Canada. Kingston, Ont.: Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University.
Young, R., Trent, J., & Lachapelle, G. (1996). Quebec-Canada: New Challenges and Opportunities. Ottawa: Ottawa University Press.
Young, R., & Queen’s University (Kingston, O. I. o. I. R. (1994). The breakup of Czechoslovakia. Kingston, Ont.: Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University.
Young, R. & Queen’s University (Kingston, O. I. o. I. R. (1998). The secession of Quebec and the future of Canada (Rev. and expanded ed.). Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press published with the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University, Kingston
Articles/Chapters in Books
Young, R. & McCarthy, K. (2009). “Why do Municipal Issues Rise on the Federal Policy Agenda in Canada.” Canadian Public Administration, 52:3. 347-70
Young, R. (2009). Canada: A Creaking System, in Steytler, N. (ed.) (2009). A Global Dialogue on Federalism Volume 6: Local Government and Metropolitan Regions in Federal Systems. Ottawa: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Young, R. (2008).Governance of Megacities in Federal Orders, in Kincaid, J. & Chattopadhyay, R (eds.) (2008). Local Government in Federal Systems, Vol. 4 of Unity in Diversity: Learning from Each Other. New Delhi: Viva Books and Forum of Federations.
Young, R. (2006). Qu’est-ce Qu’un “Bon” Gouvernement?” in Pétry,F., Bélanger, E. & Imbeau, L. M. (eds.) (2006), Le Parti Liberal: Enquête sur les réalisations du gouvernement Charest. Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval.
Young, R. (2006). Open Federalism and Canadian Municipalities, in Banting, K.G., Gibbins, R., Leslie, P. M., Noel, A., Simeon, R. & Young, R. (eds.) (2006). Open Federalism: Interpretations, Significance. Kingston: Institute of Intergovernmental Relations.
Young, R. (2006). Jean Chrétien’s Québec Legacy: Coasting then Stickhandling Hard, in Harder, L. and Patten, S. (eds.) (2006). The Chrétien Legacy: Politics and Public Policy in Canada. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.