Recent News & Articles

New Op-ed: "Why the politics of blame avoidance shouldn’t be working in Canadian federalism", published in Toronto Star (online); The Hamilton Spectator and Waterloo Region Record (print)

January 11, 2022


https://www.thestar.com/nd/opinion/contributors/2022/01/11/why-the-politics-of-blame-avoidance-shouldnt-be-working-in-canadian-federalism.html

New book (co-edited with Arthur Benz and Markus Lederer): A Research Agenda for Multilevel Governance

January 4, 2022


This Research Agenda provides a broad and comprehensive overview of the field of multilevel governance. Illustrating theoretical and normative approaches and identifying prevailing gaps in research, it offers a cutting-edge agenda for future investigations.

New article in the Journal of Common Market Studies (with Patricia Goff, open access): Explaining Sub-Federal Variation in Trade Agreement Negotiations: The Case of CETA

February 1, 2022


Abstract Sub-federal units have emerged as increasingly important actors in international trade policy. This is puzzling as they usually have no formal competencies in this area.

New Op-ed: Why lamenting the broken electoral reform promise is a waste of energy, Waterloo Region Record and The Hamilton Spectator, September 14, 2021

September 15, 2021


https://www.therecord.com/opinion/contributors/2021/09/14/why-lamenting-the-broken-electoral-reform-promise-is-a-waste-of-energy.html

New journal article: Boundary control and education policy in federal systems: explaining sub-federal resilience in Canada and Germany, Comparative Education

August 9, 2021


Abstract: State-building and the development of the modern nation-state was an inherently centralizing process. Education policy and institutionalization of mass public schooling played a key role in this process, facilitating industrialization and the generation of mass loyalty toward the state through national symbols, myths or a standardized language.

New journal article: "The Federalization of Trade Politics in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria“ In: Regional and Federal Studies, in: Regional and Federal Studies (online first)

June 2, 2021


Abstract: Since the 1990s, sub-federal units have become increasingly active in trade politics, a domain that is usually an exclusive jurisdiction of the federal level. Conceptualizing this process of institutional change as federalization, this paper adopts a most similar case design to examine how four factors interact to generate different patterns of trade policy engagement in Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

New Edited Volume: The Multilevel Politics of Trade, edited by Jörg Broschek and Patricia Goff. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2020.

January 20, 2020


The Multilevel Politics of Trade presents a timely comparative analysis of eight federations (plus the European Union) to explore why some sub-federal actors have become more active in trade politics in recent years.