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
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
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 gulfgov.ca
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.
2000. (Co-authored with Anders Sandberg) Against the Grain: Foresters and Politics in
2000. (Co-authored with James
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
“Crisis and Opportunity: the Political
Economy of the Stora Mill Closure Controversy in
“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”
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.
“The H2Woes of the DFO” in Leslie Pal (ed.) How Ottawa Spends, 2000-2001, Oxford University Press, 2000.
“Some Political Aspects of Certification for
Sustainable Forest Management in
“The Politics of Pulpwood Marketing in Nova
Scotia, 1960-85” in Anders Sandberg (ed.) Trouble
in the Woods,
“State Policy and the Native Trapper:
Post-war Policy Toward Fur in the NWT” In Jean Friesen
and Kerry Abel (eds.) Aboriginal Resource
“Political Devolution and Wildlife
Management” in Gurston Dacks
(ed.) Devolution and Constitutional
Development in the North,