Type: Public event
Host: Ford School

Politics of pipelines

Evidence from oil/gas pipeline projects in Canada and the United States


André Lecours, Kate Neville, Daniel Béland, Amy Janzwood

Date & time

Feb 25, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm EST


This is a Virtual Event.

Join leading scholars to discuss the politics associated with oil and gas pipeline construction in Canada and the United States. André Lecours (University of Ottawa) and Daniel Béland (McGill University) will present findings from their paper, "Federalism and the Politics of Oil and Gas Pipelines in Canada and the United States." Amy Janzwood (University of British Columbia) and Kate J. Neville (University of Toronto) will present findings from their paper (co-authored with Sarah Martin of Memorial University of Newfoundland), "Pipeline Purgatory and the Social Construction of Commercial Viability." These presentations will be followed by a discussion featuring questions from audience members.

From the speakers' bios

André Lecours is Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His main research interests are nationalism and federalism. He is the editor of New Institutionalism: Theory and Analysis published by the University of Toronto Press in 2005, the author of Basque Nationalism and the Spanish State (University of Nevada Press, 2007), the co-author (with Daniel Béland) of Nationalism and Social Policy: The Politics of Territorial Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2008); and the co-author (with Daniel Béland, Gregory Marchildon, Haizhen Mou and Rose Olfert) of Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada: Political and Economic Dimensions (University of Toronto Press, 2017). 

Kate J. Neville is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, where she is cross-appointed to the Department of Political Science and the School of the Environment. Her research is positioned at the intersection of contentious politics and global political economy, with a focus on contested energy and extractive projects. Her first book, Fueling Resistance: The Contentious Political Economy of Biofuels and Fracking, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2021.

Daniel Béland is Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and James McGill Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). A specialist of comparative fiscal and social policy, he has published 20 books and more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Comparative Political StudiesGovernanceJournal of Public Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Policy Sciences, and Policy Studies Journal. You can find more about his work on his website.

Amy Janzwood is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia and a visiting fellow at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies. Amy has a Ph.D. in Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research interests are in Canadian and comparative energy, climate, and environmental policy and politics.

North American Colloquium

This event is part of the 2020-21 North American Colloquium (NAC), organized by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with generous support from the Meany Family Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and the Center for Research on North America at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The objective of the NAC is to provide a forum that strengthens a wider North American conversation and more fruitful trilateral cooperation between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Sign up for more information about this year's NAC here.