Dennis Pilon
Contact info: https://profiles.laps.yorku.ca/profiles/dpilon/

Dennis Pilon received his Bachelor (Sociology/History) and Masters (History) from Simon Fraser University and his PhD from York University (Politics). In 2005/06 he was the Canada Research Chair Postdoctoral Fellow in Canadian Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.
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From 2006 to 2011 he was an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Victoria. In 2011 he was hired as an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at York. His research has focused primarily on issues of democratization and democratic reform in western countries in both contemporary and historical contexts.
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Over the past decade, Professor Pilon has done considerable public speaking and media work commenting on many aspects of politics with reporters from print, radio and television, particularly on topics relating to elections and political parties. He has also acted as a consultant on election issues for various legal firms, political parties, trade unions, community groups, and the Auditor General of Canada.

Books
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Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the Twentieth Century West, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013), 394pp.
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Politics and Government in British Columbia, (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2009), co-edited with Michael Howlett and Tracy Summerville, 404pp.
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The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada’s Electoral System, (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2007), 209pp.
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Book Chapters
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“Assessing Gordon Campbell’s Uneven Democratic Legacy in British Columbia,” in Tracy Summerville and Jason Lacharite (eds.), The Campbell Revolution? Power, Politics and Policy in British Columbia from 2001 to 2011, (Kingston-Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017), 37-60.
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“Voting Systems and Party Politics,” In Alain-G. Gagnon and A. Brian Tanguay (eds.), Canadian Parties in Transition: Recent Trends and New Paths for Research, 4th edition, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017), 217-49.
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“Occupy Democracy: Exploring Democracy as a Relationship,” in Les Samuelson and Wayne Antony (eds.), Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking about Canadian Social Issues, Sixth Edition, (Halifax: Fernwood, 2017), 195-215.
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“The Personal Dimension,” in Cy Gonick (ed.), Canada Since 1960: A People’s History, (Toronto: Lorimer, 2016), 524-48.
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“British Columbia: Right-wing Coalition Politics and Neoliberalism,” in Bryan M. Evans and Charles W. Smith (eds.), Transforming Provincial Politics: The Political Economy of Canada’s Provinces and Territories in the Neoliberal Era, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015), 284-312.
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Excerpts from The Politics of Voting, in Peter H. Russell, Francois Rocher, Debra Thompson, and Amanda Bittner (eds.), Essential Readings in Canadian Government and Politics, Second Edition, (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2015), 152-8.
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“Labour and the Politics of Voting System Reform in Canada,” in Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage (eds.), Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada, (Halifax: Fernwood, 2012), 88-100.
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“Democracy, BC-style,” in Michael Howlett, Dennis Pilon and Tracy Summerville (eds.), Politics and Government in British Columbia, (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010), 87-108.
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“Introduction,” co-written with Michael Howlett and Tracy Summerville, in Michael Howlett, Dennis Pilon and Tracy Summerville (eds.), Politics and Government in British Columbia, (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010), 3-12.
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“Understanding Electoral Systems,” in Heather McIvor (ed.), Election, (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2009), 35-56.
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“Elections and Electoral Reform,” in Joan Grace and Byron Sheldrick (eds.), Canadian Politics: Democracy and Dissent, (Toronto: Pearson, 2006), 229-50.
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“The Uncertain Path of Democratic Renewal in Ontario,” in Henry Milner (ed.), Steps Toward Making Every Vote Count: Electoral System Reform in Canada and its Provinces, (Peterborough: Broadview, 2004), 249-66.
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“The History of Voting System Reform in Canada,” in Henry Milner (ed.), Making Every Vote Count: Reassessing Canada’s Electoral System, (Peterborough: Broadview, 1999), 111-21.
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Articles
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“The Contested Origins of Canadian Democracy,” Studies in Political Economy, 98: 2 (2017), 1-19.
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“Confederation and Democracy,” Canada Watch, Spring 2016: 18-20.
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“Researching Voter Turnout and the Electoral Subaltern: Utilizing ‘Class’ as Identity,” Studies in Political Economy, 96 (Autumn 2015), 69-91.
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“Canada’s Voting System in Comparative Perspective,” Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, 8, (July 2015), 53-64.
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“Electoral Reform: Here’s Your Evidence Mr. Trudeau,” Inroads, 37 (Summer/Fall 2015), 51-60.
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“Review Essay: The Long Lingering Death of Social Democracy,” Labour/Le Travail, 70 (Fall 2012), 245-60.
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“Solidarity Revisited: Organized Labour and the New Democratic Party,” with Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage, Canadian Political Science Review, 5:1 (January 2011), 20-37.
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“The 2005 and 2009 Referenda on Voting System Change in British Columbia,” Canadian Political Science Review, 4: 2-3 (June-September 2010), 73-89.
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“Investigating Media as a Deliberative Space: Newspaper Opinions about Voting Systems in the 2007 Ontario Provincial Referendum,” Canadian Political Science Review, 3: 3 (September 2009): 1-23.
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“Explaining Voting System Reform in Canada: 1874 to 1960,” Journal of Canadian Studies, 40: 3 (Autumn 2006), 135-61.
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