Gerard Boychuk

Gerard Boychuk

Areas of specialization

American and Canadian Politics

Comparative-Historial Political Development (Canada & US)

Comparative Social Policy


BA (Alberta); MA (Alberta); PhD (Queen's)

Gerry has served as the Chair of the Department of Political Science from 2012-2017. Previously, from 2008 to 2011, Gerry served as the Director of Global Governance Teaching Programs (MA and PhD) and, in 2011, served as Director of the Masters of Public Service program.

Gerry is co-editor (with Rianne Mahon, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Stephen McBride, McMaster University) of the journal Global Social Policy, a fully peer-reviewed journal that advances the understanding of the transnational dimensions of social policy, social development, and social governance. 

His manuscript, National Health Insurance: Race, Territory and the Development of Public Health Insurance in the United States and Canada (Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2008), won the Donald V. Smiley Award for the best book in the study of government and politics in Canada. 

Gerry has acted as a consultant to Human Resources Development Canada and Industry Canada on public policy and was a contributing researcher to the joint Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)/Industry Canada project on North American Linkages. He also authored, The Changing Political and Economic Environment of Health Care in Canada, the first of forty research papers commissioned for the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.

Most recent publications

After '08: Social Policy and the Global Financial Crisis
After ‘08 examines how key global institutions, such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and International Labour Organization, as well as nation states around the world responded to the crisis. Comparing the experience of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America, contributors gauge the extent to which the neo-liberal landscape has shifted since the onset of the financial crisis and explore the directions social policy has taken. Did solutions to the crisis follow a similar trajectory across countries and regions? Or did the diversity in national experiences produce a diversity of policy responses? And, if the latter, where did alternatives to neo-liberalism emerge?

"Social Protection Guarantees as Legal Rights?: The International Labor Organization, the United States, and the American 'National Context'" Global Social Policy, 15:1 (Spring 2015) currently available online.

"Territorial Politics, Federalism and Income Redistribution.”  In John Myles and Keith G. Banting, ed., The New Politics of Redistribution in Canada. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2014).

Canadian Fiscal Federalism in Comparative Perspective.” With Jennifer Wallner. In Luc Bernier et al., ed., Comparing Canada: Methods and Perspectives on Canadian Politics. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014).

Additional information

For a full list of publications please see Dr. Boychuk's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

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