Devolution and Territorial Goverance

Does devolution produce positive outcomes for territorial governments and residents? I examine this question with a former graduate student, Steven Kennedy, and a former civil servant in the Yukon Territorial Government, Whitehorse city councillor Kirk Cameron.

This article is free to the public (open access) and can be found here. Below is the abstract.

Groups or Individuals? Which are More Likely to Make Decisions in a Game Theoretic Way?

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).

Groups Make Better Self-Interested Decisions

Gary Charness & Matthias Sutter
Journal of Economic Perspectives, Summer 2012, Pages 157–176

Peter Lougheed could have been prime minister

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?

Engaging the Canadian State: Aboriginal Groups Have Four Options

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

LISPOP Associate comments on Kitchener-Waterloo election

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".

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