Ronald L. Watts is Principal Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Political Studies at Queen's University, where he has been a member of the academic staff since 1955 and was Principal and Vice-Chancellor 1974-1984. He is currently a Fellow and is a former Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University. He was President of the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies, 1991-8, and is currently a member of the Board of the international Forum of Federations. He is a former Board Member and chairman of the Research Committee of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. On several occasions he has been a consultant to the Government of Canada during constitutional deliberations, most notably 1980-1 and 1991-2, and has been an advisor to governments in several other countries includingPapua New Guinea, South Africa, and recently Switzerland, Kenya, Cyprus, Yugoslaviaand Pakistan. As a political scientist he has worked for over forty years on the comparative study of federal systems and on Canadian federalism, and has written or edited over twenty books, monographs and reports and over sixty articles and chapters in books. His most recent book is Comparing Federal Systems of which the second edition was published in 1999. A French edition appeared in 2002. He has received five honourary degrees. He became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979 and was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada in 2000.