Mentors & Giants
Leave it to renown elections researcher Dr. André Blais to find value in the study of something like the papal election. As the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies, Dr. Blais is at the centre of a number of innovative projects that ask some very key questions about democratic governance, and the election of the next pope is not immune to such scrutiny, although the context of a papal election is used to determine the effect of different vote procedures (see voteforpope.net).
Dr. Donald Savoie is the "Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance at the Université de Moncton. His research achievements are prodigious and his influence on Canadian public policy, Canadian public administration and Canadian society has been evident for years." Talk about an understatement! Dr.