Aug 1, 2015

As of March 1, 2015, I became Chair of Aboriginal Futures with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.  My first paper for the Frontier Centre was on resource-revenue sharing, available on this website.  I'm now working on a study of compensation for chief and council, using the dtata that are now available under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.  The study explores some of the reasons why compensation is so high and there is so much variation, and makes some recommendations for reform.  Once that is done, I will link the compensation data to the new Aboriginal Governance Index developed earlier this year by Frontier Centre staff, and to the latest Community Well-being Index scores based on the 2011 census.  One of the questions to be addressed is whether high pay for chief and council leads to better outcomes.  Preliminary indications are that higher pay is actually counterproductive.  Stay tuned.

Nov 14, 2013

After 45 years of teaching in the Department of Political Science, I retired this summer.  However, I am still teaching in the MA program in the School of Public Policy.

Now that I have more spare time, I've launched this website to bring my publications together into one place.  Academics always flatter themselves that someone might actually want to read what they've written!  The site is still a little rough around the edges as I'm just learning how to use it, but it'll get better.

I'll be bringing out two books in the spring of 2014.  One is an academic book (McGill-Queen's University Press), entitled WINNING POWER: CANADIAN CAMPAIGNING IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.  It discusses the timeless principles of campaigning as well as recent developments in campaign techniques.  It concludes with a case study of the 2012 Alberta Wildrose campaign, which I managed.

The other book is a trade book about the "Incident" that happened to me earlier this year.  More on this book later.