Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity

Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity
Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity

Associated Faculty

George Anderson
Professor Emeritus

George Anderson, Advisor | UN
George R.M. Anderson currently advises the UN, the World Bank and NGOs on constitutional transitions, notably relating to political devolution and to natural resources. A long-time civil servant in the Canadian government, he held senior appointments in the Energy, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Finance departments before becoming Deputy Minister (permanent secretary) of Intergovernmental Affairs (1996-2002) and of Natural Resources (2002-05). As President and CEO of the Forum of Federations (2005-11) he worked and lectured in over 20 countries. He was an expert member of the 2012-13 stand-by team of the Mediation Support Unit, United Nations, and rejoined the team from October 2015 to February 2016. Educated at Queen’s and Oxford universities and the École Nationale d’Administration in Paris. Fellow at Harvard's Center for International Affairs (1992-93) and Senior Fellow at the Center on Constitutional Transitions in the Faculty of Law at New York University (2013-14). Author of Federalism: An Introduction (OUP, 2008) and Fiscal Federalism: An Introduction (OUP, 2010), which have been translated into 23 and 13 languages respectively. Editor of Oil and Gas in Federal Systems (OUP, 2012) and Internal Markets and Multilevel Governance (OUP, 2012) and co-editor of Federal Rivers (Edward Elgar, 2014). Currently co-editing Constitutional Transitions and Territorial Cleavages (OUP, forthcoming 2017). Trustee emeritus of Queen’s University; member of board of advisors, Mowat Centre, University of Toronto.

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