Published on The Hill Times on September 17th, 2012
“Using the results from 2011, it’s natural to think that in fact the Conservatives would pick up the lion’s share of those seats…But let me say that those areas in fact are swing areas,” said Prof. Kay.
I haven't read the article below yet, but the findings in the abstract remind me of Condorcet's Jury Theorem, which uses math to show how a group (e.g. a jury) is more likely to reach a correct (and unbiased) decision compared to a single individual (e.g. a judge).
Gary Charness & Matthias Sutter
Journal of Economic Perspectives, Summer 2012, Pages 157–176
Published Sept 17, 2012 in Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury
Robert Stanfield was often described as the best prime minister Canada never had. He was a great premier (Nova Scotia), became leader of the federal Progressive Conservative party, but had the ill fortune to appear on the national stage at the same time as Liberal Pierre Trudeau, to whom he lost three general elections in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
What about Peter Lougheed?
Generally speaking, First Nations have four options when they choose to engage the Canadian state. They can negotiate with the Crown to secure their rights and interests, but often the negotiating costs are high, as I argue here in my forthcoming book, or they produce results that are mixed, as political theorist Glen Coulthard argues here, or political scientist Martin Papillon argues
Published on The Canadian Press on September 8th, 2012.
"Political scientist Barry Kay at Waterloo's Sir Wilfrid Laurier University said Hudak should take the blame for losing the byelection, especially after blowing a Conservative lead heading into last fall's general election, allowing the Liberals to get a third term, although reduced to a minority".
This year, I'm teaching a first year seminar (enrollment is 22 first year students) on "Understanding Power and Conflict Through Film: Making Sense of the Politics of the 21st Century." The idea for this course is to introduce students to some of the main conceptual tools that political scientists use to make sense of the world. My hope is that by the end of the course, the students will be able to apply political science concepts to any political situation they encounter in the news, etc.