"The Paradox of Parliament"


Friday November 24, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Department of Political Studies' Corry Colloquium Speaker Series and the School of Policy Studies present:

Jonathan Malloy - Carleton University

"The Paradox of Parliament" 

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Friday, November 24, 2023 

12:00-1:30 PM

Robert Sutherland Hall | Room 334

Light lunch provided

Jonathan Malloy is a professor of Canadian parliamentary democracy at Carleton University. Prof. Malloy will speak on his new book, The Paradox of Parliament.

About the book:

The Paradox of Parliament provides a comprehensive analysis of all aspects of Parliament in order to explain the paradoxical expectations placed on the institution. The book argues that Parliament labours under two different "logics" of its purpose and primary role: one based on governance and decision-making and one based on representation and voice. This produces a paradox that is common to many legislatures, but Canada and Canadians particularly struggle to recognize and reconcile the competing logics.

In The Paradox of Parliament, Jonathan Malloy discusses the major aspects of Parliament through the lens of these two competing logics to explain the ongoing dissatisfaction with Parliament and perennial calls for parliamentary reform. It focuses on overarching analytical themes rather than exhaustive description. It centres people over procedure and theory, with strong emphasis given to dimensions of gender, race, and additional forms of diversity. Arguing for a holistic and realistic understanding of Parliament that recognizes and accepts that Parliament evolves and adapts, The Paradox of Parliament puts forward an important and novel interpretation of the many facets of Parliament in Canada.


Jonathan Malloy (BA, Waterloo | MA, Queen's | PhD, Toronto) holds the Honourable Dick and Ruth Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy and is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. He previously served as department chair from 2012-2018 and currently serves as Associate Dean (Research and International) in the Faculty of Public Affairs. He has taught at Carleton since 2000, after receiving his PhD from the University of Toronto and earlier degrees from the University of Waterloo and Queen’s University.

His interest in parliamentary government began when he served as an Ontario Legislative Intern in 1992-93. Since then, he has been teaching, writing, and thinking about Canadian political institutions. He served as president of the Canadian Study of Parliament Group from 2009-2013, and his book The Paradox of Parliament was published in spring 2023. He has also co-authored and co-edited two books on Ontario politics – The Politics of Ontario, co-edited with Cheryl Collier, and Fighting for Votes, co-authored with William Cross, Tamara Small and Laura Stephenson. He is also the co-author of Work Your Career: Get What You Want From Your Social Sciences or Humanities PhD, with Loleen Berdahl.

He has been a visiting Fulbright Chair at Duke University and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, and is active in the Canadian Political Science Association. He is from Elmira, Ontario.