Trudeau’s week of highs and lows

Otto von Bismarck, Germany’s “Iron Chancellor” in the 19th century knew whereof he was speaking when he observed, “Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best.”

It’s a sentiment Justin Trudeau would agree with. Or would he, as he emerges from the most ragged week of his young prime ministry?

Trump in Time: The Resurgence of Reconstructive Leadership

It may make sense taking a look back at history as we are trying to understand what has been happening south of the border over the last months. Ever since Donald Trump formally announced his candidacy in June 2015, most observers where hit by surprise as the campaign unfolded through a series of events that culminated in the electoral outcome of November 8. If viewed through a broader historical lens, however, these developments are surprisingly consistent with a deeper pattern of presidential politics. 

Why Trump the President might actually be very different from Trump the Candidate

Take a deep breath. The world is not going to end on inauguration day.
 
There is no question that Donald Trump’s victory was jarring, shocking, and even disturbing. Despite the conciliatory messages offered by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, commentators and citizens and Canada are freaking out. 
 

PhD students, take note! Some thoughts on academic publishing

Earlier this month at Western, I spoke to PhD students in political science about how to publish. Here are the speaking notes I used for that presentation.

 

The Five “Ws” and One “H” of Publishing

I’ve structured my presentation on academic publishing around six questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? And How?

Let me begin with Why you should publish.

 

Why should you publish?

build a CV for scholarships and job market

get in the habit of publishing (a key aspect of this career)

Reforming University Education: Why Jeffrey Simpson and others like him are wrong

Below is an op ed that I wrote but which never got published. I sent it to one big Canadian newspaper in the summer and they agreed to publish it. After waiting two months for it to appear in print, I asked permission to send it to another newspaper and the editor agreed. Another major Cdn newspaper agreed to publish it in September and then again sat on it for two months.

So rather than let it die a lonesone and ignoable death, I will publish it here. Enjoy!

How very different elections turned on the same factor

On the face of it, the election of Donald Trump in the United States this month and last year’s election of Justin Trudeau in Canada had precious little in common.

The American election was a vile affair, filled with misrepresentation, outright lying, racism, hate and character assassination. The Canadian election was a relatively clean, though hard-fought, campaign that for the most part stayed within the bounds of acceptable political discourse and conduct.

There are no safe spaces with Donald Trump

Here's the op ed that I wrote and which appeared in the National Post earlier this week.  For some reason, the paper didn't post it online but it did run in the hard copy of the paper. I have been getting a number of emails asking why it isn't online so here is the best I can do! Enjoy.

 

Trump wins – and the sky has not fallen (yet)

The vulgar and narcissistic Donald Trump – isolationist, misogynist and xenophobic – was elected president of the United States last Tuesday night, and the sky did not fall.

Next day, the sun came up, and the sky still did not fall. Americans went to work and their children to school. The stock market defied predictions; instead of collapsing, it rose to record highs. 

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