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Dennis Pilon

Bryan EvansDennis Pilon’s research explores the politics of democratic structures and key role of class and social democratic parties in influencing their design, both directly and indirectly.  His work on the New Democratic Party specifically has focused on the impact of campaign finance laws on the links between organized labour and the party, as well as the reasons for the federal party’s recent breakthrough to become the Official Opposition.  He received his BA (Sociology) and MA (History) from Simon Fraser University and his PhD (Politics) from York.  In 2005 he held a postdoctoral fellowship in Canadian Studies at Trent University and in 2006 was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at the University of Victoria.  In 2011 he joined the Political Science department at York as an Associate Professor.  He is the author of two books, The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada’s Electoral System (Emond Montgomery 2007) and Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the Twentieth Century West (University of Toronto 2013), as well as a co-editor with Michael Howlett and Tracy Summerville of the reader British Columbia Politics and Government (Emond Montgomery 2010).

Social Democracy Bibliography

“British Columbia: Right-wing Coalition Politics and Neoliberalism,” in Bryan Evans and Charles Smith (eds.), The Transformation of Provincial Politics: The Political Economy of Canada’s Provinces and Territories in the Neoliberal Era, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming January 2015).

Review of Inside the NDP War Room, by James S. McLean, Canadian Journal of Political Science, 46:2 (March 2014).

“Labour and the Politics of Voting System Reform in Canada,” in Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage (eds.), Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada, (Halifax: Fernwood, 2012), 88-100.

Left Turn in Canada? The NDP Breakthrough and the Future of Canadian Politics, with Murray Cooke, New York: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, October 2012, 19pp.

“Review Essay: The Long Lingering Death of Social Democracy,” Labour/Le Travail, 70 (Fall 2012), 245-60”

“Solidarity Revisited: Organized Labour and the New Democratic Party,” with Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage, Canadian Political Science Review, 5:1 (January 2011), 20-37”

“Democracy, BC-style,” in Michael Howlett, Dennis Pilon and Tracy Summerville, eds, Politics and Government in British Columbia, (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010), 87-108.

 “The 2005 and 2009 Referenda on Voting System Change in British Columbia,” Canadian Political Science Review, 4: 2-3 (June-September 2010), 73-89.

 “The Uncertain Path of Democratic Renewal in Ontario,” in Henry Milner (ed.), Steps Toward Making Every Vote Count: Electoral System Reform in Canada and its Provinces, (Peterborough: Broadview, 2004), 249-66.




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