Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

Robert Young

Professor EmeritusBobYoung

D. Phil, Oxford University

Research Interests

Professor Young is interested in multilevel governance, primarily in Canada, which he takes to be Canadian federalism pressed downward to the municipal level and outward to civil-society actors. He is also coming back to a longstanding interest in secession.

Current Research Projects

For some time Professor Young has been leading a very large research project on multilevel governance and public policy in Canadian municipalities.  This focuses on explaining the public policies that exist in municipal space as a function of the intergovernmental relations through which they were produced and the involvement of various social forces in their planning and implementation.  The research results are being published in a series, Fields of Governance, by McGill-Queen’s University Press.  He is the series editor. He is following the secession debates in Quebec, Catalonia, and especially Scotland.

Selected Publications


Refereed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Recent Conference Presentations

Awards and Distinctions