Robert J Drummond

Department of Political Science
School of Public Policy and Administration

Professor Emeritus

Office: S623B, Ross
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 33493
Emailrobertd@yorku.ca

My research in the early part of my career was on electoral behaviour and survey research, but more recently I have turned to public policy and provincial politics. I have an interest particularly in policy as it is affected by population aging, and more specifically policy in the realm of pensions (public and private), and I have an interest (but limited expertise) in policy regarding labour, health care, and post-secondary education. I am currently gathering information for a possible policy history of the Davis government in Ontario -- 1971-85 -- as that was a period of considerable change in public policy in the province.

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Area of Specialization

Political Science

Degrees

Ph.D., Northwestern University
M.A., Northwestern University
B.A. (magna cum laude), York University

Professional Leadership

Editorial Positions

Assistant to the English language Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science, 1971-74

Other Service

Canadian Political Science Association, Comm. on Federal Election Survey Research, 1972-73
CPSA Committee on Canadian Content in Political Science Courses, 1974-76 (Chair, 1975-76)
CPSA Programme Committee, 1982 Annual Meeting
CPSA Essex Scholarship Selection Committee, Chair, 1982-83
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Political Science Selection Panel, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1999

Community Contributions

Guest Lectures to numerous educational, community and political groups about party politics, immigration policy, health policy, flexible retirement, and survey research.

Co-ordinator, Leadership Giving, United Way at York University, 1997, 1998

Research Interests

Policy , Politics and Government , Public policy, Provincial politics

All Publications

Books

(with Chris Roberts) Pension Confidential: 50 things you don't know about your pension and investments, Toronto, Lorimer, 2012

(with F.J. Fletcher) Canadian Attitude Trends, 1960-1978, Montreal, Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1979

Book Chapters

(With Robert MacDermid) “Elections and Campaigning: ‘They Blew Our Doors Off on the Buy’,” in The Government and Politics of Ontario, 5th edition, ed. Graham White, University of Toronto Press, 1997

"Working Part-Time," in Part-time Work in the Canadian Context, ed. K. Lundy and B. Warmé, Praeger, 1992

"Voting Behavior," in The Government and Politics of Ontario, 4th edition, ed. Graham White, Toronto, Nelson, 1990

"Is There an Ontario Identity?" in A Passion for Identity: Introduction to Canadian Studies, ed. Eli Mandel and David Taras, Toronto, Methuen, 1987

"Government and Employment in the Canadian Federal System," in Work in The Canadian Context, 2nd edition, ed. K. Lundy and B. Warmé, Toronto, Butterworths, 1986

"Voting Behaviour: Dancing in the Dark on a Moving Floor," in The Government and Politics of Ontario, 3rd edition, ed. Donald C. MacDonald, Toronto, Nelson, 1985

"A Political Perspective: Institutions in the Canadian Federal System," in Understanding Canada, ed. William Metcalfe, New York, New York Univ. Press, 1982

"Voting Behaviour: Casting the Play," in The Government and Politics of Ontario, 2nd edition, ed. Donald C. MacDonald, Toronto, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1980

(with F.J. Fletcher) "Political Communication and Orientation to Legislators Among Ontario Voters," in Parliament, Policy and Representation, ed. H.D. Clarke et al., Toronto, Methuen, 1980

"Voting Behaviour: The Blueing of Ontario," in The Government and Politics of Ontario, ed. Donald C. MacDonald, Toronto, Macmillan, 1975

Journal Articles

"Comment on 'Mandatory Retirement: Intergenerational Justice and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms' by Samuel LaSelva, Canadian Journal of Political Science, 21 (1988), 585-595

"Ontario Budgets, 1960-1980," Journal of Canadian Studies, 18, No. 1, Spring, 1983, pp. 79-91

"Nationalism and Ethnic Demands," Canadian Journal of Political Science, 10, June 1977, pp. 375-390

Conference Papers

“Elaborating the Financial Barriers to Post-secondary Education,” Conference on School to Work Transitions of Marginalized Youth at College and University, York University, October 2004

(with Carol Lynn Wallace and Shokoufeh Sakhi) “Bridging the Solitudes – The Recruitment and Selection Process,” Conference on School to Work Transition of Marginalized Youth at College and University, York University, October 2004

"Ontario Budgets 1960-1980," York ENAP conference on state building and policy making in Ontario and Quebec, Montreal, December 1981

(with F.J. Fletcher) "Mass Media Use and Perceptions of Legislators Among Ontario Voters," 2nd Conference on Legislative Studies in Canada, Burnaby, February 1979

(with F.J. Fletcher) "Party and Leader Images and Media Use in the 1977 Ontario Election," 51st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Saskatoon, June 1979

(with F.J. Fletcher) "Preliminary Results of 1977 Ontario Election Study," 50th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, London, June 1978

(with K.D. Hart and T.H. Atkinson) "Fluctuations in Government Popularity," 47th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Edmonton, June 1975

"Multivariate Analysis of Party Choice in Ontario," 42nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Winnipeg, June 1970

Professional Journal Articles

"The Liberals Fall From a Small Swing," Canadian Forum, Vol. 59, No. 692, September 1979

"The Canadian Political System: An Overview," Current History, 62, No. 368, April 1972


My research in the early part of my career was on electoral behaviour and survey research, but more recently I have turned to public policy and provincial politics. I have an interest particularly in policy as it is affected by population aging, and more specifically policy in the realm of pensions (public and private), and I have an interest (but limited expertise) in policy regarding labour, health care, and post-secondary education. I am currently gathering information for a possible policy history of the Davis government in Ontario -- 1971-85 -- as that was a period of considerable change in public policy in the province.

Area of Specialization

Political Science

Degrees

Ph.D., Northwestern University
M.A., Northwestern University
B.A. (magna cum laude), York University

Professional Leadership

Editorial Positions

Assistant to the English language Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science, 1971-74

Other Service

Canadian Political Science Association, Comm. on Federal Election Survey Research, 1972-73
CPSA Committee on Canadian Content in Political Science Courses, 1974-76 (Chair, 1975-76)
CPSA Programme Committee, 1982 Annual Meeting
CPSA Essex Scholarship Selection Committee, Chair, 1982-83
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Political Science Selection Panel, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1999

Community Contributions

Guest Lectures to numerous educational, community and political groups about party politics, immigration policy, health policy, flexible retirement, and survey research.

Co-ordinator, Leadership Giving, United Way at York University, 1997, 1998

Research Interests:

Policy , Politics and Government , Public policy, Provincial politics

All Publications

Books

(with Chris Roberts) Pension Confidential: 50 things you don't know about your pension and investments, Toronto, Lorimer, 2012

(with F.J. Fletcher) Canadian Attitude Trends, 1960-1978, Montreal, Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1979

Book Chapters

(With Robert MacDermid) “Elections and Campaigning: ‘They Blew Our Doors Off on the Buy’,” in The Government and Politics of Ontario, 5th edition, ed. Graham White, University of Toronto Press, 1997

"Working Part-Time," in Part-time Work in the Canadian Context, ed. K. Lundy and B. Warmé, Praeger, 1992

"Voting Behavior," in The Government and Politics of Ontario, 4th edition, ed. Graham White, Toronto, Nelson, 1990

"Is There an Ontario Identity?" in A Passion for Identity: Introduction to Canadian Studies, ed. Eli Mandel and David Taras, Toronto, Methuen, 1987

"Government and Employment in the Canadian Federal System," in Work in The Canadian Context, 2nd edition, ed. K. Lundy and B. Warmé, Toronto, Butterworths, 1986

"Voting Behaviour: Dancing in the Dark on a Moving Floor," in The Government and Politics of Ontario, 3rd edition, ed. Donald C. MacDonald, Toronto, Nelson, 1985

"A Political Perspective: Institutions in the Canadian Federal System," in Understanding Canada, ed. William Metcalfe, New York, New York Univ. Press, 1982

"Voting Behaviour: Casting the Play," in The Government and Politics of Ontario, 2nd edition, ed. Donald C. MacDonald, Toronto, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1980

(with F.J. Fletcher) "Political Communication and Orientation to Legislators Among Ontario Voters," in Parliament, Policy and Representation, ed. H.D. Clarke et al., Toronto, Methuen, 1980

"Voting Behaviour: The Blueing of Ontario," in The Government and Politics of Ontario, ed. Donald C. MacDonald, Toronto, Macmillan, 1975

Journal Articles

"Comment on 'Mandatory Retirement: Intergenerational Justice and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms' by Samuel LaSelva, Canadian Journal of Political Science, 21 (1988), 585-595

"Ontario Budgets, 1960-1980," Journal of Canadian Studies, 18, No. 1, Spring, 1983, pp. 79-91

"Nationalism and Ethnic Demands," Canadian Journal of Political Science, 10, June 1977, pp. 375-390

Conference Papers

“Elaborating the Financial Barriers to Post-secondary Education,” Conference on School to Work Transitions of Marginalized Youth at College and University, York University, October 2004

(with Carol Lynn Wallace and Shokoufeh Sakhi) “Bridging the Solitudes – The Recruitment and Selection Process,” Conference on School to Work Transition of Marginalized Youth at College and University, York University, October 2004

"Ontario Budgets 1960-1980," York ENAP conference on state building and policy making in Ontario and Quebec, Montreal, December 1981

(with F.J. Fletcher) "Mass Media Use and Perceptions of Legislators Among Ontario Voters," 2nd Conference on Legislative Studies in Canada, Burnaby, February 1979

(with F.J. Fletcher) "Party and Leader Images and Media Use in the 1977 Ontario Election," 51st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Saskatoon, June 1979

(with F.J. Fletcher) "Preliminary Results of 1977 Ontario Election Study," 50th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, London, June 1978

(with K.D. Hart and T.H. Atkinson) "Fluctuations in Government Popularity," 47th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Edmonton, June 1975

"Multivariate Analysis of Party Choice in Ontario," 42nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Winnipeg, June 1970

Professional Journal Articles

"The Liberals Fall From a Small Swing," Canadian Forum, Vol. 59, No. 692, September 1979

"The Canadian Political System: An Overview," Current History, 62, No. 368, April 1972