PhD McMaster University
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 84929
Office: Social Science Centre 4140
Research InterestsPrimary 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.
- 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
- 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