TPDW – 2022

Keynote address: Robert Lieberman (Johns Hopkins): The American Civil Rights State: The Role of Federal Power in the Pursuit of Racial Justice.

John Dearborn (Vanderbilt): ‘Real Friends’ versus ‘Pretended Friends’: Strategic Preferences and the Origins of U.S. Federal Taxation, 1909-1916. Discussant: Emily Zackin (Johns Hopkins)

Maye Henning (Johns Hopkins): The Empty Gift: Citizenship, Imperialism, and Political Development in the U.S. Territories. Discussant: Kanta Murali (Toronto)

Kimberley Johnson (NYU): Policy Development from the Bottom-up: Tracing the pre-history of the Federal Section 8/Housing Vouchers Program at the Local Level. Discussant: Desmond King (Oxford)

Richard Johnson (QMUL): Integration and Dispersal: The Politics of Busing in the United States and United Kingdom. Discussant: Linda White (Toronto)

Richard Johnston (UBC): Canadian Party Systems: Electoral Continuity and Change, 1908-2021. Discussant: Matt Lebo (Western)

Kumar Ramanathan (Northwestern): Constructing Racial Liberalism: The Divergent Trajectories of Fair Employment and Fair Housing on the Congressional Agenda, 1933-68. Discussant: Robert Lieberman (Johns Hopkins)

Susanne Schwarz (Princeton): Black Political Representation and Incarceration: Evidence from the Reconstruction American South. Discussant: Max Mishler (Toronto)

Daniel Sherwin (Toronto): Indigenous Sovereignty, Territorial Authority, and Political Development in North America. Discussant: Carolyn Tuohy (Toronto)

Phil Triadafilopoulos (Toronto): The Political Foundations of Canadian Immigration Policy. Discussant: Desmond King (Oxford)

Emily Zackin (Johns Hopkins) and Chloe Thurston (Northwestern): Race and Debt Relief During Reconstruction. Discussant: Connor Ewing (Toronto)

TPDW – 2019

The third annual Toronto Political Development Workshop took place at the University of Toronto from October 4-5, 2019. A special theme workshop on Comparative Constitutional Development took place on October 3rd. 

Keynote address: Margaret Weir (Brown) – The Problem of the Public in Postwar America.

Quinn Albaugh (Princeton) – The Blue and the Orange: The Orange Order and Protestant-Conservative Connection, 1899-1917. Discussant: Richard Johnston (UBC)

David Bateman (Cornell) – Gilded Age Doughfaces: Northern Democrats and Civil Rights in the late Nineteenth Century. Discussant: Kimberley Johnson (NYU)

Connor Ewing (Toronto) – The Judicial Construction of Federalism. Discussant: Ran Hirschl (Toronto/Max Planck Fellow)

Jean-Francois Godbout (Montreal) – Lost on Division: Party Unity in Canada. Discussant: Peter Loewen (Toronto)

Ursula Hackett (Royal Holloway) – State Action, Constitutional Challenge, and the Deniability of Policy Feedback. Discussant: Adam Sheingate (Johns Hopkins)

Quinn Mulroy and Thomas Ogorzalek (Northwestern) – New Dealers in a New Era of Globalization: Race and the Welfare State Exclusion in the U.S. and France. Discussant: Desmond King (Oxford)

Isabel M. Perera (Penn) – Supply-Side Policy Feedback: Resource Distribution for the Disadvantaged. Discussant: Andrea Louise Campbell (MIT)

Kumar Ramanathan (Northwestern) From Civil Rights to Social Policy: The Political Development of Family and Medical Leave Policy in the U.S. Discussant: Robert Lieberman (Johns Hopkins)

Ludovic Rheault and Rob Vipond (Toronto) – The (R)evolution of Rights Talk in Canada, the US, and Britain.”

Daniel Sherwin (Toronto) – Theorizing the Extractive Order in Canadian Political Development. Discussant: Carolyn Tuohy (Toronto)

Sarah Staszak (Princeton) – Privatizing Worker Protections: Arbitration and Litigation Reform in the U.S. Discussant: Margaret Weir (Brown)

Robinson Woodward-Burns (Howard), David Bateman (Cornell), and Stephan Stohler (SUNY Albany) – Laboratories of Democracy? State Constitutional Antecedents to Federal Constitutional Rights. Discussant: Jorg Broschek (Wilfrid Laurier)

Emily Zackin (Johns Hopkins) – Debtors and American Constitutional Development. Discussant: Connor Ewing (Toronto) 

Timothy Weaver (SUNY Albany) – Charting Change in the City. Discussant: Theresa Enright (Toronto)

TPDW – 2018

The second annual Toronto Political Development Workshop took place at the University of Toronto from September 28-29, 2018. A pre-workshop on Urban Political Development took place on September 27. The workshop was organized by Robert Vipond and Jack Lucas. 

Keynote address: Andrew Louise Campbell (MIT): Taxes and Race: What are the Linkages?

David Bateman (Cornell): A Push in the Dark: Partisan Calculations, Social Movements, and Democratization from Below in the United States and United Kingdom. Discussant: Adam Sheingate (Johns Hopkins)

Geoffrey Cameron (Toronto): Religious Groups and the Evolution of Refugee Policy in the United States and Canada 1945-1980. Discussant: Gene Zubovich (Toronto)

Richardson Dilworth (Drexel): Meaning and Method in the Marriage of Urban Politics and American Political Development. Discussant: Jack Lucas (Calgary)

Gerald Gamm (Rochester) and Steven S. Smith (WUSTL): Last Among Equals: The Rise of U.S.Senate Party Organization,1789-1889. Discussant: Richard Johnston (UBC)

Ursula Hackett (RHUL): Attenuated Governance: The Transformation of American Politics and Policy. Discussant: Linda White (Toronto)

Mirya Holman (Tulane): Urban Fiscal Crises and the Renegotiation of City-State Relations in American Political Development. Discussant: Connor Ewing (Toronto)

Nicholas Jacobs (Virginia): The Political Dynamics of “Creative Federalism”: President Johnson, the Mayors, and the Development of Federal-Local Urban Policy in the 1960s. Discussant: Zack Taylor (Western)

Richard Johnson (Lancaster): Running on Race: Racial Coalitions, Campaign Strategies, and the Development of Multi-Racial Democracy in the United States. Discussant: Robert Lieberman (Johns Hopkins)

Richard Johnston (UBC): Liberal Leaders and Liberal Success: The Impact of Alternation. Discussant: Carolyn Tuohy (Toronto)

Karen Jusko (Stanford): The Prisoner’s Dilemma: Representation and the Comparative Political Economics of Prison Reform. Discussant: Desmond King (Oxford)

Desmond King (Oxford) and Margaret Weir (Brown): Race, Redistribution and the Anxieties of Local Democracy. Discussant: Sara Hughes (Toronto)

Mona Morgan-Collins (Durham): The Electoral Impact of Newly Enfranchised Groups: The Case of Women’s Suffrage in the United States. Discussant: Gerry Boychuk (Waterloo)

Andrew Proctor (Princeton): Coming Out to Vote: Gay and Lesbian Mobilization in the Two-Party System. Discussant: Christina Wolbrecht (Notre Dame)

Dawn Teele (Pennsylvania): Les Québécoises and the Decline of the Liberal Party. Discussant: Ludovic Rheault (Toronto)


TPDW – 2017

The first annual Toronto Political Development Workshop took place at the University of Toronto from October 14-15, 2017. The workshop was organized by Peter Loewen, Jack Lucas, and Robert Vipond. 

Keynote address: Desmond King (Oxford): “The Rise and Fall of the State: A Modern American Tragedy or Trump’s Triumph?”

Timothy Weaver (SUNY Albany): “Great Transformations in American and British Politics” Discussant: Robert Lieberman (Johns Hopkins)

Adam Hilton (Mount Holyoke): “A Tale of Three Insurgencies: Comparative Party Development and the Challenge of Interparty Democracy in Canada, Britain, and the United States in the Long 1970s” Discussant: Gerry Boychuk (Waterloo)

Daniel Mallinson (Penn State Harrisburg): “ALEC and a New Wave of Restrictive Voting Practices in the U.S., Britain, and Canada” Discussant: Desmond King (Oxford)

Gerry Boychuk (Waterloo): “Populism and Democracy? The Northern Plains States and Prairie Provinces, 1919–1945: A Political Development Research Agenda” Discussant: Jack Lucas (Calgary)

Elisabeth Baisley (Princeton): “Social Conservatives and Political Cleavages in the United States and Canada.” Discussant: Richard Johnston (UBC)

Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth) and Peter John (University College, London): “Opportunities in Parliament and Political Careers: A Natural Experiment in the United Kingdom.” Discussant: Peter Loewen (Toronto)

Ludovic Rheault (Toronto) and Andreea Musulan (Toronto): “The Language of Protectionism” Discussant: Peter John (University College, London)

Gregory Koger (Miami): “The Evolution of Minority Obstruction in the U.S. Congress” Discussant: John McAndrews (Toronto)

Ursula Hackett (Royal Holloway, University of London): “Two Dimensions of Attenuated Governance: How School Vouchers Pass and Spread” Discussant: Carolyn Tuohy (Toronto)

Carolyn Tuohy (University of Toronto): “Welfare State Eras, Policy Narratives, and the Role of Expertise in the U.S, Britain, and Canada.” Discussant: Andrea Campbell (MIT)


ABCD 2016 – Toronto

The third workshop on American, British, and Canadian Political Development took place at the University of Toronto from September 30-October1, 2016. The workshop’s theme was “Public Policy”. It was organized by Desmond King, Peter Loewen, Jack Lucas, Rick Valelly, and Robert Vipond. 

Opening remarks: Andrea Louise Campbell (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

James Morone (Brown University): “Baneful Disorders: Racial Fury, Partisan Fury, and the Demise of Health Policy.” Discussant: Gerry Boychuk (University of Waterloo)

Carolyn Tuohy (University of Toronto): “Domains of Choice: Strategies of Scale and Pace in Policy Change.” Discussant: Daniel Béland (University of Saskatchewan)

Margaret Weir (Brown): “The Uneven Development of the Delegated State in America.” Discussant: Desmond King (University of Oxford)

Timothy Weaver (SUNY Albany): “The Emergent Neoliberal Order in British and American Political Development.” Discussant: Lou Pauly (University of Toronto)

Devin Caughey (MIT): “Exclusion and Responsiveness: Congressional Representation in the One-Party South.” Discussant: Gerald Gamm (Rochester)

Linda White (University of Toronto): “How Does Culture Change Occur? Institutional and Ideational Mechanisms.” Discussant: Jack Lucas (University of Calgary)

Ursula Hackett (Oxford University): “Policy Crystallization: Education Reform in England and America.” Discussant: Rob Vipond (University of Toronto)

Jeffery Jenkins (Virginia) and Justin Peck (San Francisco State): “The Blair Education Bill: A Failed Experiment in American Public Education.” Discussant: Rick Valelly (Swarthmore)

Peter John (University College London): “The Political Science of British Politics: How Research in Political Economy Illuminates the Practice and Traditions of Governing in the UK.” Discussant: Peter Loewen (University of Toronto) 

Closing remarks: Robert Lieberman (Johns Hopkins University)

ABCD 2016 – Oxford

The second workshop on American, British, and Canadian Political Development took place at Nuffield College on May 5-7, 2016. The workshop’s theme was “Democratization and Citizenship”. It was organized by Desmond King, Peter Loewen, Jack Lucas, Rick Valelly, and Robert Vipond. 

Opening remarks: Peter Loewen (University of Toronto) and Jack Lucas (University of Calgary). 

Debra Thompson (Northwestern University): “Race, the Canadian Census, and Interactive Political Development.” Discussant: Laurence Whitehead (University of Oxford)

Desmond King (University of Oxford): “When the State Fails: The Death of Federal Activism for Racial Equality.” Discussant: Andrea Louise Campbell (MIT)

Christina Wolbrecht (University of Notre Dame): “Female Voters in Rhetoric and Reality.” Discussant: Kimberly Morgan (George Washington University)

Daniel Kato (Barnard): “Decriminalizing Murder: Lynchings, Police Killings, and the Subduing Force of American Jurisprudence.” Discussant: Nancy Bermeo (University of Oxford)

Colin Hay and Florence Faucher (Sciences Po): “Voting as Symbolic Practice: Comparing Electoral Rituals in France and Britain.” Discussant: Peter Loewen (University of Toronto). 

Jörg Broschek (Wilfrid Laurier University): “The Politics Prime Ministers Make: Political Time in Canadian Context.” Discussant: Daniel Tichenor (University of Oregon). 

Florence Faucher (Sciences Po): “How to Choose a Leader: Reflecting on Changes in British Parties Selection Procedures.” Discussant: Sidney Milkis (University of Virginia)

Mona Morgan-Collins (LSE): “Programmatic Preferences and Women’s Loyalty.” Discussant: Alan Jacobs (University of British Columbia). 

Robert Vipond (University of Toronto): “Telling (Developmental) Tales Out of School: Citizenship and Schooling in Toronto.” Discussant: Margaret Weir (Berkeley)


ABCD 2015 – Toronto

The first workshop on American, British, and Canadian Political Development took place at the University of Toronto on October 2-3, 2015. The workshop’s theme was “Political Parties and Legislatures”. It was organized by Desmond King, Peter Loewen, Jack Lucas, Rick Valelly, and Robert Vipond. 

Opening Remarks: Kimberly Morgan (George Washington University); Desmond King (University of Oxford); Rick Valelly (Swarthmore College)

Arthur Spirling (New York University): “Democratization and Linguistic Complexity: The Effect of Franchise Extension on Parliamentary Discourse, 1832-1915.” Discussant: Gerald Gamm (University of Rochester)

Jean-François Godbout (Université de Montréal): “Legislative Party Development in the British Dominions.” Discussant: Frances Lee (University of Maryland) 

Laura Bronner (London School of Economics): “The Rise of the Modern Election Campaign: How Parliamentary Candidates’ Campaign Speeches Differed by Constituency Characteristics in 1890s Britain.” Discussant: Wendy Schiller (Brown University)

Richard Johnston (University of British Columbia): “Religion and Identity: The Denominational Basis of Canadian Elections, 1878-2011.” Discussant: Andrea Louise Campbell (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). 

Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey (London School of Economics): “Explanations and Accountability in Economic Policy: Deliberation in UK Parliamentary Committees.” Discussant: Gregory Koger, University of Miami. 

Christopher Kam (University of British Columbia): “The Evolution of Electoral Accountability in the United Kingdom, 1820-1906.” Discussant: Jeffery Jenkins, University of Virginia. 

Karen Jusko (Stanford University): “Who Speaks for the Poor? The Implications of Electoral Geography for the Political Representation of Low-Income Citizens.” Discussant: Alan Jacobs, University of British Columbia. 

Iain McLean (University of Oxford): “Political Development and Constitutional Moments in the UK: A Riker / Ackerman Approach.” Discussant: Jeffrey Selinger, Bowdoin college. 

Closing Remarks: Ira Katznelson (Columbia University) and David Mayhew (Yale University).