TPDW 2019: Call for Papers

We are very pleased to announce a call for papers for the third annual Toronto Political Development Workshop, to be held at the University of Toronto on Friday October 4 and Saturday October 5, 2019. This year’s workshop will feature a keynote presentation by Margaret Weir (Brown University). 

Political development is an important and growing field, both in the American and other contexts. The objective of our workshop is to provide a venue for dissemination and discussion of new work in political development, with a particular focus on Canada, Britain, and the United States. The workshop will be limited to a small number of papers (about 10) with extended discussion of each paper (about an hour). Papers will be made available to all participants prior to the workshop, allowing for rigorous and in-depth discussion.

For this year’s workshop, we are especially interested in papers that speak to comparative constitutional development. Depending on the number of submissions in this area, we may organize a special pre-workshop on this theme on Thursday, October 3. As in past workshops, however, we are also interested in submissions on any political development topic or time period and seek papers employing a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches.

The workshop has no registration fee. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days, as well as a workshop dinner on Friday evening. Confirmed discussants at this year’s workshop include Andrea Louise Campbell (MIT), Desmond King (Oxford) Richard Johnston (UBC), Robert Lieberman (Johns Hopkins), and Margaret Weir (Brown). 

The deadline for proposals is April 29. Please CLICK HERE to submit a proposal.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Jack Lucas ( or Robert Vipond (