Peter Clancy

·          Senior Research Professor


·          Ph.D Queen’s University, 1986

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Peter Clancy is a Senior Research Professor at StFX. He retired from full-time teaching in 2016. Prior to that he taught in several sub-fields of Canadian Politics as well as aquatic resources. From 2001-04 he was also Coordinator of the Program for Interdisciplinary Studies in Aquatic Resources or ISAR. In the autumn of 2006, he taught a combined group of StFX and Memorial University students at Harlow, England.


Before joining the Faculty at St. Francis Xavier in 1986, he taught for a number of years at the University of Western Ontario. On several occasions Peter has been a Visiting Scholar at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, England. He has also spent time as an invited Visiting Lecturer at the School of Management Studies of the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. In 2005 he spent a half year as Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Resource Law and Policy, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Western Australia in Perth.


Research Interests


Peter‘s work centres on the interplay of economic and political interests in a variety of settings, including business politics and resource industries. This includes wildlife, forests, petroleum, minerals, fisheries and water. The geo-political fields for these inquiries include Canada and its regions (Northern, Atlantic and Prairie in particular) as well as Australasia. Relationships between resource owners, users and markets figure in most of these studies, with state policy as a crucial mediating form.


At present he is working on the politics of social licence in the shale gas sector, fiscal politics in Nova Scotia, and environmental governance in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The latter project, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is in collaboration with Dr. Mario Levesque at Mount Allison University. The project website is




2014. Freshwater Politics in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press Higher Education.


2011. Offshore Petroleum Politics: Regulation and Risk in the Scotian Basin. Vancouver: UBC Press.


2005. Micropolitics and Canadian Business: Paper, Steel and the Airlines. Peterborough: Broadview Press.


2000. (Co-authored with Anders Sandberg) Against the Grain: Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia. Vancouver: UBC Press.


2000. (Co-authored with James Bickerton, Rod Haddow and Ian Stewart) The Savage Years: the Perils of Reinventing Government in Nova Scotia. Halifax: Formac Books.


Selected Journal Articles


“Politics, Science and the Spruce Budworm in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia” Journal of Canadian Studies, 37(2) Summer 2002. (Co-authored with Anders Sandberg)


“Concerted Action on the Periphery?: Voluntary Economic Planning in the ‘New Nova Scotia’” Acadiensis, 26(2) Spring 1997.


“Crisis and Opportunity: the Political Economy of the Stora Mill Closure Controversy in Nova ScotiaBusiness Strategy and the Environment 4(4) October 1995.


“Working on the Railway: A Case Study in Capital-State Relations” Canadian Public Administration, 30(3) Fall 1987.


“The Making of Canadian Eskimo Policy 1952-62: The Life and Times of the Eskimo Affairs Committee” Arctic, 40(3) September 1987.



Selected Book Chapters


“Nova Scotia: Fiscal Crisis and Party System Transition” in Bryan M. Evans and Charles W. Smith (eds.) Transforming Provincial Politics: The Political Economy of Canada’s Provinces and Territories in the Neo-Liberal Era, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.


“Business Interests and Civil Society in Canada” in Miriam Smith (ed.) Group Politics and Social Movements in Canada, 2nd ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.


“Offshore Petroleum Politics: A Changing Frontier in a Global System” in Michael Howlett and Keith Brownsey (eds.) Canada’s Resource Economy in Transition: the Past, Present and Future of Canada’s Staple Industries, Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2008.


‘Chasing Whose Fish? Atlantic Fisheries Conflicts and Institutions” in Mark Sproule-Jones, Carolyn Johns and Tim Heinmiller (eds.) Water Policy and Politics in Canada, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press, 2008.


“Business Interests and Civil Society in Canada” in Miriam Smith (ed.) Group Politics and Social Movements in Canada, Broadview Press, 2008.


“Atlantic Canada: The Politics of Public and Private Forestry” in Michael Howlett (ed.) Canadian Forest Policy: Regimes, Policy Dynamics and Institutional Adaptations, University of Toronto Press, 2001.


“The Northwest Territories: Old and New Class Politics on the Northern Frontier” in Michael Howlett and Keith Brownsey (eds.) The Provincial State in Canada, Broadview Press, 2001.


“The H2Woes of the DFO” in Leslie Pal (ed.) How Ottawa Spends, 2000-2001, Oxford University Press, 2000.


Delgamuukw v. British Columbia: Redefining Relations Between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown” in Martin W. Westmacott and Hugh Mellon (eds.) Political Dispute and Judicial Review, Nelson, 2000.


“Some Political Aspects of Certification for Sustainable Forest Management in Canada” in Anders Sandberg and Sverker Sorlin (eds.) The Challenge of Sustainability: Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Environmentalism, Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1998.


“The Politics of Pulpwood Marketing in Nova Scotia, 1960-85” in Anders Sandberg (ed.) Trouble in the Woods, Fredericton: Acadiensis Press, 1992.


“State Policy and the Native Trapper: Post-war Policy Toward Fur in the NWT” In Jean Friesen and Kerry Abel (eds.) Aboriginal Resource Use in Canada, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1991.


“Political Devolution and Wildlife Management” in Gurston Dacks (ed.) Devolution and Constitutional Development in the North, Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1990.



Peter Clancy
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