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Russell Alan Williams

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL A1B 3X9 Canada
Phone: (709) 864-4402
Email: russellw[at]mun[dot]ca (or search here)

Dr. Williams teaches international political economy and public policy. His research interests cover the impact of globalization and international political economy on public policy in Canada. He has studied trade and labour market policy, and financial services regulation.

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B.A., M.A. (University of Victoria), Ph.D. (Simon Fraser University)

Areas for Student Research Supervision
• Canadian economic development
• Canadian foreign policy and international political economy
• Globalization, financial services and Canadian public policy
• Trade policy and regional integration

Examples of Recent Courses Taught
1000 Intro to Politics and Government; 2200 Intro to International Politics; 3250 International Political Economy; 4230 Theories of International Relations; 4255 Controversies in Political Economy; 6350 Political Economy

Select Papers & Publications
2013 “Climate Change Adaptation and Multilevel Governance - Challenges to Policy Capacity in Canadian Finance,” in Denita Cepiku, David Jesuit and Ian Roberge eds. Making Multi-Level Public Management Work: Cases from the EU and Beyond. Taylor and Francis. Pp. 119-139.

2013 “Climate Change Adaptation and Policy Capacity in the Canadian Finance Sector, a Meso Analysis,” with Kathy McNutt, Review of Policy Research, Volume 30, Number 1. Pp. 91-113.

2012 “The Partisan Politics of Apportionment: Redistribution since the Collapse of the Third Party System,” in A. Bittner and R. Koop, Canadian Parties, Voters and Elections: A New Era, University of British Columbia Press. Pp. 148-165.

2012 “Operationalizing ‘Policy Capacity’ - A Case Study of Climate Change Adaptation in Canadian Finance Agencies,” Canadian Political Science Review, Special Edition - “Adapting to Climate Change: Policy Capacity in Canada and the US”. Vol. 6 (1), Pp. 65-74.

2012 “Managing North American Trade Disputes: The Role of the World Trade Organization” In Andrew Nurse and Mike Fox eds. Trajectories and Dynamics: Canada and/in North America, (Halifax: Fernwood), Pp. 126-143.

2012 “The Limits of Policy Analytical Capacity - Canadian Financial Regulatory Reform,” International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol 25, (6). Pp. 455-463.

2010 “Assessing the Success of the WTO DSM - Lessons from Softwood Lumber IV,” Canadian Foreign Policy. Volume 16, Issue 1 (Spring 2010), Pp. 17-34.

2009 “Canadian Banking Deregulation and the ‘Credit Crunch’ - Understanding the role of Exogenous Shocks in Subsystem Adjustment and Policy Change.” Journal of Public Policy, 29 (1), pp. 29-53.

2009 “The Global Political Economy of Trade: Services,” with Jeff Loder, ISA Compendium Project, (Blackwell Publishing). Pp. 7080-7097.

2008 “The OECD and Foreign Investment Rules - The Global Promotion of Liberalisation,” in Rianne Mahon and Stephen McBride, The OECD and Transnational Governance, (UBC Press), pp. 117-133.

2008 “Policy Learning: The OECD and its Jobs Strategy,” with Stephen McBride and Kathy McNutt, in Rianne Mahon and Stephen McBride, The OECD and Transnational Governance, (UBC Press), pp. 152-169.

2007 “Tracking Neo-Liberalism: Labour Market Policies in the OECD Area,” with Stephen McBride, and Kathy McNutt, in Simon Lee and Stephen McBride (eds.), Neo-Liberalism, State Power and Global Governance, (Springer), pp. 79-94.

2005 “The ‘279 Rule’ and Federal Electoral Redistributions: Canada's System of Representation in Crisis," American Review of Canadian Studies, Volume 35, Number 1, Spring 2005, pp. 99-134.

2004 “Mergers if Necessary, but not Necessarily Mergers: Competition and Consolidation at Canada’s ‘Big Banks’,” in Robert Campbell, Leslie Pal and Michael Howlett eds., The Real Worlds of Canadian Politics, Cases in Process and Public Policy, Fourth Edition, (Toronto: Broadview Press, 2004), pp. 155-214.

2002 “Liberalizing “Trade in Services”: Ideas in International Political Economy” in Stephen McBride, Laurent Dobuzinskis, Marjorie Griffin Cohen and James Busumtwi-Sam eds. Global Instability: Uncertainty and New Visions in Political Economy, (Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002) pp. 65-85.

2001 “Globalization, the Restructuring of Labour Markets and Policy Convergence,” with Stephen McBride, Global Social Policy, Vol. 1 (3), pp. 281-309.