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Kenneth H McRoberts

Professor

Political Science

   kmcrob@yorku.ca

Director, School of Public and International Affairs

Language and Society

Official Languages in Canada

Politics and Government

Québec

Doctorate:

University of Chicago

Masters:

University of Chicago

Research Interests Keywords

language and society; official languages in Canada; politics and government; Quebec.

Grants

  •  2004: Officer, Order of the Academic Palms, Government of France
  • 1985: Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada: for preparation of "Unilateralism, Bilateralism and Multilateralism", research study
  • 1989: Ontario Arts Council: to support preparation of Breaking the Impasse
  • 1986: Ontario Arts Council: to support the preparation of the third edition of Quebec: Social and Political Crisis.
  • 1985: SSHRC Research Grant: "Business, Labour and the State in Ontario and Quebec: Taxation and Industrial Relations Policy, 1960-1985," (with other collaborator)
  • 1980: SSHRC Research Grant: "Patterns of Public Finance in Ontario and Quebec, 1950-1980," (with other collaborator)
Books

  • Catalonia: Nation Building Without a State (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2001). Catalan version: Catalunya. Una nació sense estat (Barcelona: Proa, 2002).
  • Misconceiving Canada: The Struggle for National Unity (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1997), pp.384; second printing, 1998. French-language version: Un Pays à refaire: L’échec des politiques constitutionnelles canadiennes (Montreal: Les Éditions Boréal, 1999).
  • Beyond Quebec: Taking Stock of Canada, Editor and Contributor (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995), pp. 435, second printing, 1999.
  • The Charlottetown Accord, the Referendum and the Future of Canada, Co-editor and contributor with Patrick J. Monahan (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993), pp. 361.
  • English Canada and Quebec: avoiding the issue. Sixth Robarts Lecture (Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, 1991), pp. 64.
  • Quebec: Social Change and Political Crisis (coauthored with Dale Posgate) Toronto: Mc­Clelland & Stewart, 1976, pp. 216; second printing, 1978; third printing, 1979. Revised edition, 1980, pp. 325; second printing, 1981; third printing, 1985. (This edition contains two new chapters; four existing chapters were expanded. Solely responsible for these materials). French-language edition: Développement et modernisation du Québec, (Montreal: Editions Boréal Express, 1983), with introduction by Daniel Latouche. Awarded publication grant by Social Science Federation of Canada. (Responsible for verifica­tion of translation and preparation of special preface). Third edition –sole author (Toronto: Mc­Clelland & Stewart, 1988, pp. 530; second printing, 1989). (This edition contains two new chapters and major expansion of several existing chapters.) With postscript, 1993 (Toronto: Oxford University Press, pp. 556.
Journal Articles

  • "Per què els estats tenen polítiques lingüístiques: construcció d’estats i construcció de nacions" Treballs de Sociolingüística Catalana, 17 (2003), 23-44.
  • “Canada and the Multinational State”, Canadian Journal of Political Science XXXIV:4 (December, 2001), 683-714. 
  • “Why We Can’t Talk: The Lost Language of Canadian Politics”, Constitutional Forum (1997), 8:4, 82-8.
  • "Constructing Canadian Identities," Constitutional Forum constitutionnel, Vol 4, No. 4 (Summer, 1993), 93-96.
  • "Separate Agendas: English Canada and Quebec", Québec Studies, Winter, 1992.
  • "Canada's Constitutional Crisis", Current History, Vol. 90, no. 560, December, 1991, 411-416.
  • "Nationalism in Quebec: Past, Present and Future," Québec Studies, Spring, 1989, 124-129.
  • "The Determinants of Minimum Wage Rates," Public Choice, 62 (1989), 15-24 (with André Blais and Jean-Michel Cousineau).
  • Contribution to "Table ronde: la science sociale aujourd'hui," Recherches sociographiques, XXVI: 3 (1985), 491-494.
  • "The Sources of Neo-nationalism in Quebec," Ethnic and Racial Studies, Winter, 1984, Vol. 7, No. 1, 55-85. (Reprinted in Michael D. Behiels [ed.], Quebec Since 1945 [Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1987], 80-107).
  • "Dynamique et contraintes des finances publiques au Québec," Politique, 3, 1983, 27-62 (with André Blais).
  • Editorial Introduction, special issue on "The State in Ontario and Quebec," Journal of Canadian Studies, Spring, 1983, Vol. 18, No. 1, 3-4, 156-159.
  • "Public Expenditure in Ontario and Quebec, 1950-1980: explaining the differences," Journal of Canadian Studies, Spring, 1983, Vol. 18, No. 1, 28-53 (with André Blais).
  • "Internal Colonialism: The case of Quebec," Ethnic and Racial Studies, 11: 3,(1979), 293-318.
  • Commentary on articles on "Quebec Perceptions of Language Economics," Canadian Public Policy, IV: 3 (Summer, 1978), 325-330.
  • "Quebec and the Canadian Political Crisis," The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 433, September, 1977, 19-32.
  • "English Canada and the Quebec Referendum," Journal of Canadian Studies, August, 1977, 108-112.
  • "Bill 22 and Language Policy in Canada," Queen's Quarterly, Vol. 83, No. 3 (Fall, 1976), 464-477.
  • "Social Communication and Mass Nationalism," Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism, II: 1, 148-151.
Book Chapters

  • ‘L’avenir de la nation’ in Michel Seymour (ed.), États-nations, multinations et organisations supranationales (Montreal: Liber, 2002), 484-92, published in expanded form as ‘The Future of the Nation-state and Canada-Quebec Relations,’ in Michel Seymour (ed.), The Fate of the Nation-state (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004), 390-411.
  • ‘Les politiques de la langue au Canada: un combat contre la territorialisation,’ in Denis Lacorne and Tony Judt (eds.), La politique de Babel : du monolinguisme d’État au plurilinguisme des peuples (Paris : Éditions Karthala, 2002), 155-90; ; published in English version in Lacorne and Judt eds.), Language, Nation and State. Identity Politics in a Multilingual Age, (Palgrave, 2004).
  • ‘Preface: Managing Cultural Differences in Multinational Democracies’ in Alain-G. Gagnon, Montserrat Guiberneau and François Rocher (eds.), The Conditions of Diversity in Multinational Democracies (Montreal: The Institute for Research on Public Policy, 2003), iii-xi.
  • "La question nationale québécoise," in Y.Belanger, R. Comeau et C. Métivier, La Révolution tranquille 40 ans plus tard; un bilan (Montreal : vlb éditeur, 2001), 123-129.
  • “Linguistic Minorities in a Canada-Quebec Partnership” in Roger Gibbins and Guy Laforest (eds.), Beyond the Impasse: toward reconciliation (Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1998), 187-214.
  • “Report on ‘The Quebec Referendum Results: Causes and Antecedents’”, John E. Trent, Robert Young and Guy Lachapelle (eds.), Québec:Canada: What is the Path Ahead?/ nouveaux sentiers vers l’avenir (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1996), 85-95.
  • “La thèse tradition/modernité: l’historique québécois”, in Mikhael Elbaz et al, Identité et modernité au Québec (Presses de l’Université Laval, 1996), 29-45.
  • “Living with Dualism and Multiculturalism”, in François Rocher and Miriam S. Smith (eds.), New Trends in Canadian Federalism (Broadview Press, 1995), 109-32. Revised for second edition, 2003.
  • "Commentary on asymmetrical federalism" in Leslie Seidle, ed., Seeking a New Canadian Partnership: Asymmetrical and Confederal Options (Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy), 153-58.
  • "Disagreeing on Fundamentals: English Canada and Quebec", McRoberts and Monahan, The Charlottetown Accord, the Referendum and the Future of Canada, 249-263.
  • "Federal Structures and the Policy Process", in Michael Atkinson (ed.), Governing Canada: Institutions and Public Policy (Toronto: Harcourt Brace Janovitch Canada, 1993), 149-177.
  • "English-Canadian Perceptions of Quebec", in Alain Gagnon (ed.), Quebec: State and Society, second edition, (Scarborough: Nelson Canada, 1993), 116-129. published in French translation in Alain Gagnon, ed., Québec: État et Société (Montreal: Québec/Amérique, 1994).
  • "Quebec", in Joel Kreiger (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993) 761-63.
  • "Canada: Canada and Quebec at a Crossroads", World Book Year Book. (Chicago: World Book, 1992). 113-124.
  • "René Lévesque: le grand démocrate", in Yves Bélanger et Michel Lévesque (eds.), René Lévesque (Montréal: Presses de l'Université du Québec, 1992), 149-254.
  • "Protection of Linguistic Minorities," in Daniel Drache & Roberto Perin, Negotiating with a Sovereign Quebec, (Toronto: James Lorimer, 1992), 173-188.
  • "Comments on the Meech Lake Accord", in David Schneiderman (ed.), Language and the State: the law and politics of identity, (Cowansville, Que: Les Editions Yvon Blais, 1991), 477-484.
  • "Making Canada Bilingual: Illusions and Delusions of Federal Language Policy", in David Shugarman & Reg Whitaker (eds.), Federalism and Political Community: Essays in Honour of Donald Smiley (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1989), 141-72 (reprinted with some updating in the Globe & Mail, March 19 - April 2, 1990, under the rubric, "The Reading Edge").
  • "Quebec: Province, Nation or Distinct Society?" in Michael Whittington and Glen Williams (eds.), Canadian Politics in the 1990s (Toronto: Methuen, 1989), 98-119. Revised for 1994 & 2004 editions.
  • "La révision des interprétations révisionnistes," in Robert Comeau (ed.), Jean Lesage et l'éveil d'une nation (Montreal: Presses de l'Université du Québec, 1988), 318-321.
  • "Unilateralism, Bilateralism and Multilateralism: app­roaches to Canadian federalism," in Richard Simeon, Research Coordinator, Intergovernmental Relations, University of Toronto Press, 1985, 71-129 (research study commissioned by the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada).
  • "The Emergence of a Québécois Political Identity," in Jeffrey Ross et al (eds.), The Mobilization of Collec­tive Identity: Comparative Perspectives (Univer­sity Press of America, 1980), 225-256.
  • "Une crise insoluble?" in Jean-François Léonard (ed.), La Chance au coureur: ­Bilan de l'action du gouvernement du Parti québécois (Montréal: Editions Nouvelle Optique, 1978), 166-­171.
  • "An Overview of Quebec-Ontario Interprovincial Rela­tions," in Les relations économiques Québec-Ontario Economic Relations, Proceedings of York-ENAP Colloque, 1978, 215-270. 
  • "Quebec: Canada's Special Challenge and Stimulus," in Thomas A. Hockin et al, The Canadian Condominium (McClelland & Stewart, 1972), 38-59.
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