Institute of Intergovernmental Relations


Robert Young

Bob Young, Fellow

B.A., M.A. (McGill), D.Phil. (Oxon.)


Phone: (519) 661-3662

Robert (Bob) Young is Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Multilevel Governance. He is past Chair of the department, Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Group, and past President of the Canadian Political Science Association. He has worked on many areas of public policy, including trade and industrial policy, and also on public administration and federalism.  For some years he concentrated on Quebec politics and the issues raised by secession. Currently he is leading a large research project on multilevel governance and public policy in Canadian municipalities.

His books include The Breakup of Czechoslovakia (1994), The Secession of Quebec and the Future of Canada (1995; second edition 1998), and The Struggle for Quebec (1999). He also edited Stretching the Federation: The Art of the State in Canada (1999), and co-edited The State of the Federation 2004 Municipal-Federal-Provincial Relations in Canada (2006).

Professor Young was a Visiting Fellow of the Institute in 1991-92 and has maintained close connections with the Institute since then. He is currently a member of the Institute's Advisory Council.

Areas of Expertise

  • Quebec Politics
  • Secession
  • Public Policy
  • Multilevel Governance