Director of the Centre for Studies on Democracy and Diversity
Robert Sutherland Hall 428
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Research/Teaching: public opinion, democratic development.
A Professor Emeritus in the School of Policy Studies, George Perlin is a specialist in international democratic development.
From 1966 to 2003 he was a member of the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s where he taught courses on Canadian and comparative politics..
In 1994 he established the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen's to encourage research and education about democracy. During his tenure as Director of the Centre from 1994 to 2003, it organized a series of conferences, produced television programs with CBC Newsworld on major public issues, and undertook international assistance projects. He continues to be a fellow in the Centre where he is participating in a project on the evaluation of international assistance to democratic development.
Dr. Perlin directed a project for the Institute for Research on Public Policy which published a series of papers on Canada’s policy for assistance to democratic development. He has been a consultant on Canadian and international policy in democratic development with the Democracy Council, the International Development Research Centre, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and teaches a course on international assistance to democratic development in the School of Policy Studies.
He has also had experience as a practitioner in the delivery of democracy assistance as director of a CIDA-funded project to establish a program of professional and postsecondary education in the study of democracy in the universities and technical colleges of Ukraine.
Before the project began there was no program for the study of democracy in Ukraine's post-secondary system. As a result of the project, a foundation course on democracy has been created and is being taught in 130 universities; distance learning courses on democracy have been created for public servants; courses on democracy and human rights have been established as part of the compulsory curriculum in institutions that train internal security personnel for the Ministry of Internal affairs; a course on teaching civic education is being introduced in institutions training new secondary school teachers; and there is an active program of research by Ukrainian scholars that has produced more than 400 original papers on democratic development in Ukraine.
In 2008, in recognition for his contribution to democratic reform in Ukraine, he was elected as an International member of Ukraine’s National Academy of Pedagogical Science.
Dr. Perlin is co-author and co-editor with a group of Ukrainian scholars of Osnovii Demokrati (Fundamentals of Democracy),a textbook that has been used as the foundation for the Ukrainian post-secondary program. In his work on Canadian politics he has been mainly focused on the study of political attitudes and behaviour. He is also author of a CD textbook on Canadian politics: Canadian Politics in Critical Perspective.