About Us

The Toronto Political Development Workshop provides a venue for presentation and discussion of leading new research in political development, with a particular focus on research that explores political development from a comparative lens – employing cross-country comparison, within-country comparison, or single-case analysis to illuminate important debates in political development and comparative political science. 

The workshop began in 2015 as a series of three SSHRC-funded workshops on “American, British, and Canadian Political Development,” and is now held annually at the University of Toronto. Each workshop is limited to a small number of papers (about ten), with extended discussion of each paper. 

The Toronto Political Development Workshop is closely linked with Political Development: Comparative Perspectives, a new series at University of Toronto Press co-edited by Robert Vipond and Jack Lucas. Please contact us to learn more about this book series or discuss a manuscript. 

For additional information and background discussion related to the Toronto Political Development Workshop by political scientists who have been involved in the workshop, please see the following:

King, Desmond, & Lieberman, Robert (2009). “American Political Development as a Process of Democratization.” In D. S. King, R. Lieberman, G. Ritter, & L. Whitehead (Eds.), Democratization in America (pp. 3–27). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Lieberman, Robert. (2016). “The ABCs of Political Development: Notes Toward an ABCD Manifesto.” Unpublished manuscript. 

Lucas, Jack and Robert Vipond. (2017). “Back to the Future: Historical Political Science and the Promise of Canadian Political Development.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 50(1), 219–241. 

Morgan, Kimberly J. (2016). “Comparative Politics and American Political Development.” In R. Valelly, R. Lieberman, & S. Mettler (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of American Political Development (pp. 166–184). Oxford: Oxford University Press.