Roberto Leone

Assistant Professor

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PhD McMaster University
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 84929
E-mail: rleone@uwo.ca
Office: Social Sciences Centre 4140


Research Interests

Primary research interests are in the areas of accountability and transparency and government decision-making theory.

Current Research Projects

After spending time as an elected member of the Ontario Legislature, Rob is currently writing about those experiences.  He is especially keen to apply decision-making theory to explain Ontario's fiscal policy and its response to political scandal.


Selected Publications

Books

  • 2011: Leone, Roberto and F. L. K. Ohemeng. Approaching Public Administration: Core Debates and Emerging Issues. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2012: Christopher Alcantara, Roberto Leone and Zac Spicer. “Responding to Policy Change from Above: Municipal Accountability and Transparency Regimes in Ontario.” Journal of Canadian Studies Winter. Vol. 46 No. 1, pp. 112-137.
  • 2012: Christopher Alcantara, Zac Spicer, and Roberto Leone. “Institutional Design and the Accountability Paradox: A Case Study of Aboriginal Accountability Regimes in Canada.” Canadian Public Administration Vol. 55 No. 1, pp. 69-90.
  • 2010: Leone, Roberto and Barbara Wake Carroll. “Decentralisation and devolution in Canadian social housing policy” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 28: 389-404.
  • 2010: Leone, Roberto. “Comparing parliamentary change in Canada and the UK: Do the similarities outweigh the differences?” Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, 4:3

Book Chapters

  • 2011: Leone, Roberto. “Charting the Course of Canadian Public Administration: The Influence of Contemporary Theories and Approaches.” In Roberto Leone and F. L. K. Ohemeng (eds.) Approaching Public Administration: Core Debates and Emerging Issues. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications.
  • 2008: Leone, Roberto. “Canada and Kyoto: Doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.” In Velma Grovers (ed.) Global Warming and Climate Change: Ten Years After Kyoto and Still Counting. Enfield, New Hampshire: Science Publishers Inc.: 583-600.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • 2009: Leone, Roberto. “Developing a method of comparing parliamentary change in Canada and the UK.”  The 2009 Law and Parliament Conference – Osgoode Hall.  Toronto, ON:  October 15-17.
  • 2009: Leone, Roberto. “Liberal Party Succession Planning and Ministerial Resignations.”  For the 2009 Canadian Political Science Association AGM – Carleton University.  Ottawa, ON:  May 27-29.
  • 2009: Leone, Roberto. “Assessing Policy Change in the Harper Regime.”  Roundtable Panel at the 2009 Canadian Political Science Association AGM – Carleton University.  Ottawa, ON:  May 27-29.
  • 2009: Leone, Roberto. “Working within the system.”  The 2009 Global Citizenship Conference.  Wilfrid Laurier University.  January 23.
  • 2008: Leone, Roberto. "A news analysis of the 2008 Canadian Federal Election."  Panel: "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of the 2008 Federal Election."  Wilfrid Laurier University.  October 15.
  • 2006: Leone, Rob and Greg Flynn, “Institutional Change and Decision-Making: Parliamentary Reform in Canada.”  For the 2006 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association – York University.  Toronto, ON:  June 1-3.
  • 2006: Leone, Rob.  “Assessing the relationship between transparency, democracy and good governance:  Useful examples from Australia.”  For the Australia and New Zealand Association of North America 2006 Annual Conference.  Montreal, QC. April 6-8.
  • 2005: Leone, Rob.  “Redefining the role of public management:  Does more efficiency lead to less accountability?”  Presented at the 8e Colloque de la recherche étudiante en science politique: “Frontières et recompositions.”  Québec City: Université Laval.  September 29-30.

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2009: Institute for Public Administration Canada Study Team Research Grant, valued at $10 000 (co-led with Dr. Chris Alcantara)
  • 2009: Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Research Grant, valued at $3000 (with Dr. Chris Alcantara)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University start-up research grant valued at $1500