Dr. Doug Brown
St. Francis Xavier University
Department of Political Science

dbrown@stfx.ca; 902-867-3910; fax 902-867-3243
Lane Hall A 203


Douglas Brown is Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. He served as Chair of the Department in 2012-15, as Interim Director of the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, 2015-16 and, since 2017, has been Program Coordinator for the Public Policy and Governance program.


A native of Nova Scotia, he graduated with a B.A. Honours in History and Political Science at Mount Allison University (1975), Masters of History at Queen’s University (1978) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science, University of Melbourne (2000). Dr. Brown attended the University of Melbourne on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship.


He is a continuing Fellow and former Executive Director (1993-96) of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and a former Adjunct Professor in the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University 1994-2005, and the Department of Political Science, Concordia University, 2001.


Dr. Brown has over 40 years of experience in the practice and analysis of Canadian intergovernmental relations, including with the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1980-88. In 2002-02 Dr. Brown served as Research Director for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening Our Place in Canada.


His main research interest is in Canadian and comparative federalism and intergovernmental relations, in particular economic policy-making, fiscal federalism and regional development. He has a continuing interest in the Australian federal system and has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Melbourne, Tasmania and Western Australia as well as the Australian National University.


He is the author or editor of over 80 publications related to Canadian and comparative federalism, including as co-editor of the series Canada: The State of the Federation published by the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations from 1989 to1996 (See http://www.queensu.ca/iigr/pub/archive/SOTF.html ).

Other publications include:  Market Rules: Economic Union Reform and Intergovernmental Policy-Making in Australia and Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000) (see http://www.mqup.mcgill. ca/book.php?bookid=902). He is a co-author with Herman Bakvis and Gerald Baier of  Contested Federalism: Certainty and Ambiguity in the Canadian Federation (Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press. 2009), and the second edition published in 2019.


  PSCI 102.24 (Z4, 5, 6); PGOV 302.20 (U7, U8)


Office Hours
  Monday, 13-1400h

  Tuesday, 10-1130h

  Thursday, 1415-1530h


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