Dr. James P. Bickerton
Mulroney Hall 4063






James Bickerton is Professor of Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University. His research interests are in the areas of federalism, regionalism, and electoral politics in Canada. He is currently completing work on the seventh edition of his textbook Canadian Politics (University of Toronto Press, with Alain Gagnon). Ongoing research includes a project on diversity accommodation and political stability in Canada, as well as the comparative study of regions. He is an Adjunct Professor of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University and an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Research on Quebec and Canadian Studies. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Cornell, Simon Fraser, Victoria, McGill, UQAM, Barcelona, and Edinburgh.

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Canadian Politics, Sixth Edition (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014) co-edited with A.G. Gagnon.

Governing: Essays in Honour of Donald J. Savoie (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013) co-edited with B.G. Peters.

Freedom, Equality, Community: The Political Philosophy of Six Influential Canadians (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006) co-authored with S. Brooks and A.G. Gagnon. Published in French as Six penseurs en quête de liberté, d’égalité et de communauté: Grant, Innis, Laurendeau, Rioux, Taylor et Trudeau (Quebec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2003).

The Savage Years: The Perils of Reinventing Government in Nova Scotia (Halifax: Formac Publishing, 2000) co-authored with P. Clancy, R. Haddow, and I. Stewart.

Ties That Bind: Parties and Voters in Canada (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1999) co-authored with A.G. Gagnon and P. Smith. Published in French as Filiations et affiliations: partis politiques et comportement électoral au Canada (Montreal: Boreal Press, 2002).

The Almanac of Canadian Politics, Second Edition (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1995) co-authored with M. Eagles, A.G. Gagnon and P. Smith. Published in French as L’Almanach Politique Du Quebec (Montreal: Quebec/Amerique, 1997).

Nova Scotia, Ottawa, and the Politics of Regional Development (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990).

Articles and Book Chapters (since 2010)


“Parties and Elections: An End to Canadian Exceptionalism?” in J. Bickerton and A.G. Gagnon, eds. Canadian Politics, Seventh Edition (Toronto: UTP, in press).


“Regions” in Danielle Caramani, ed. Comparative Politics, Fifth Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press) (with A.G. Gagnon).


“Rebalancing Federal Citizenship in Canada” in Fifty Shades of Federalism (2019). Available at:



“Diversity Accommodation as a Strategy of National Unity: The Case of Canada” in Alain-G. Gagnon and Michael Burgess, eds, Revisiting Unity and Diversity in Federal Countries: Changing Concepts, Reform Proposals and New Institutional Realities (Leiden: Brill/Nijhoff, 2018), 233-258.


“Managing Diversity Through Citizenization: Citizenship Regime as a Framework of Analysis” in M. Paquet, N. Nagels, and A-C Fourot, eds. Citizenship as a Regime: Canadian and International Perspectives (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018), 141-164.


“Enhancing Democratic Engagement through Electoral Reform and Civic Literacy” in Alex Marland and Lisa Moore, eds. The Democracy Cookbook: Recipes to Renew Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John’s, NL: ISER, 2017), 163-66.


“Regions” in Danielle Caramani, ed. Comparative Politics, Fourth Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017) (with A.G. Gagnon), 260-73.


“Parties and Regions: Representation and Resistance” in A.B. Tanguay and A.-G. Gagnon, eds. Canadian Parties in Transition, Fourth Edition (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017), 44-63.


“Les partis politiques, les électeurs et les elections au Canada” in Alain-G. Gagnon, ed. La politique québécoise et canadienne: une approche pluraliste (Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2014).


“Competing for Power: Parties and Elections” in J. Bickerton and A.G. Gagnon, eds. Canadian Politics, Sixth Edition (Toronto: UTP, 2014), 249-79.


“Regions” in Danielle Caramani, ed. Comparative Politics, Third Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 252-266 (with A.G. Gagnon).


“Canada: Federal adaptation and the limits of hybridity” in J. Loughlin, J. Kincaid and W. Swenden, eds. Routledge Handbook of Regionalism and Federalism (London: Routledge, 2013), 172-89 (with A.G. Gagnon).


“Revisiting Grandchildren: Building Regions in the Maritimes” in J. Bickerton and B.G. Peters, eds. Governing: Essays in Honour of Donald J. Savoie (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013), 260-90.


“Transforming Federal Canada: Gaining Perspective on Harper’s New Federalism” in S. Mangiameli, ed. Federalism, Regionalism and Territory (Milan: Guiffrè Editore, 2013), 109-32.


“Seeking New Autonomies: State Rescaling, Reterritorialization, and Minority Identities in Atlantic Canada” in M. Keating and A.G. Gagnon, eds. Political Autonomy in Divided Societies: Imagining Democratic Alternatives in Complex Settings (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 81-97.


“The New Federalism and Atlantic Canada” in J. Reid and D. Savoie, eds.  Shaping an Agenda for Atlantic Canada (Halifax: Fernwood Press, 2011), 205-231.


“Janus Faces, Rocks, and Hard Places: Majority Nationalism in Canada” in A.-G. Gagnon, A. Lecours, and G. Nootens, eds. Contemporary Majority Nationalism (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011), 144-180.


“Regions” in Danielle Caramani, ed. Comparative Politics, Second Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 275-291 (with A.G. Gagnon).


“Deconstructing the New Federalism” Canadian Political Science Review 4:2-3 (2010), 56-72.