Russell Alan Williams
Associate Professor & Head of Department
Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 Canada
Telephone: (709) 864-8180
BA, MA (University of Victoria); PhD (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
Dr. William 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.
2017. Making Governance Work: Policy Making in an Era of Polarized Politics, editor with David K. Jesuit. Routledge. (April).
2017. "Polarized Climate Debate? Institutions and Structure in Subnational Policymaking," with Susan Morrissey Wyse, in Making Governance Work: Policy Making in an Era of Polarized Politics, D.K. Jesuit and R.A. Williams (Eds), Routledge. (April).
2017 “Introduction and Overview: Polarization Explained and Applied,” With J. Castle and D. K. Jesuit, in Making Governance Work: Policy Making in an Era of Polarized Politics, D. K. Jesuit and R. A. Williams (Eds), Routledge. (April).
2016 Editor, “Supernational Institutions and Governance in an Era of Uncertain Norms”, With Reeta Tremblay, Special Edition of Politics and Governance Vol 4 (3).
2016 “Norms, Institutions and Governance in an Era of Uncertainty: Connecting the Disparate Scholarship,” With Reeta Tremblay, Politics and Governance Vol 4 (3).
2015 “The Break-Up: Politics and the Canadian Financial Services Sector Policy Network,” With I. Roberge and D. Duna. International Journal of Public Policy. Vol. 11 (1/2/3): 1-16.
2015 Governing Newfoundland and Labrador: Ten Years of Public Policy and Governance at the Harris Centre, with L. MacDonald, NL Forum, pp. 1-29.
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.
2010 “Antonio Gramsci,” in George T. Kurian, ed., Encyclopedia of Political Science. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
2010 “The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,” in George T. Kurian, ed., Encyclopedia of Political Science. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
2010 “The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade,” in George T. Kurian, ed., Encyclopedia of Political Science. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
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.