Welcome

Welcome to my blog.  I am currently a PhD student at the University of Alberta in the department of Political Science.  I am studying long-term environmental policy problems in democratic countries.  As a result, my interests span from political theory (such as questions of how we value nature in democratic and capitalist societies) to comparative environmental policy (how different countries deal or address long-term environmental problems).

Primarily, my research is concerned with the ability of democratic political institutions to address long-term problems.  It has almost become axiomatic to say that the short term electoral cycle provides incentives that undermine the ability to think and act collectively for the long-term.  I’m interested in whether or not this is true, and if so, what can we do to better address such problems.

Thus the content of this blog will revolve around democratic theory, environmental politics and policy – especially in Canada, as well as general discussions of research methodology and the experience of being a PhD student.

All comments are welcome.

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