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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 21, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Jörg Broschek

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance; Associate Professor

Contact Information
Phone: (519) 884-0710 ext.3995
Fax: (519) 746-3655
Office Location: 4-103B DAWB
Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Personal Website:örgBroschek
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

Dr. phil. (Augsburg); Dipl.-Pol. (Augsburg)


I have joined Wilfrid Laurier’s Department of Political Science as Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance in July 2013. Prior to this, I held positions as Assistant Professor at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (2010-2013), the FernUniversität in Hagen (2008-2010), and as Research Assistant and Lecturer at Universität Augsburg (2003-2008). My research has primarily centred on the dynamics of Canadian and German federalism. My doctoral thesis, „Canadian Federalism: A historical-institutionalist Analysis,” (published in German, VS Springer 2009) constitutes a longitudinal, comparative case study of Canadian federalism. In addition to my ongoing interest in the rather “conventional” field of comparative federalism, I have been extending my research agenda more recently. My current research project entitled “Authority Migration in Multi-Level Politics. North America and Europe in Comparative-Historical Perspective” systematically compares the evolutionary patterns of continuity and change in different types of multilevel settings through reform and adaptation.

Additional Information

Student Supervision:

I am willing to supervise MA students that are interested in my area of expertise. Graduate students who want to carry out case studies on institutional change (through deliberate reform and/or rather passive adaptation) in federal or federalizing systems such as the European Union, Canada, Italy, the UK, Spain etc. are particularly welcome.

Selected Recent Publications:

2014 Pathways of Federal Reform: Australia, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland, in: Publius: The Journal of Federalism doi:10.1093/publius/pju030

2014 Exploring Authority Migration in Multilevel Architectures: A Historical-Institutionalist Framework, in: Comparative European Politics doi:10.1057/cep.2014.17

2013 Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change and the Varieties of Federalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press [co-editor with Arthur Benz]

2013 Germany: Federalism under Unitary Pressure, in: Loughlin, John, Kincaid, John and Wilfried Swenden (eds.): The Routledge Handbook of Regionalism and Federalism, London/New York: Routledge [with Arthur Benz], 223-234.

2012 Historical Institutionalism and Comparative Federalism, in: World Political Science Review 8 (1), 101-128.

2012 Historical Institutionalism and the Varieties of Federalism in Canada and Germany, in: Publius: The Journal of Federalism 42 (4), 662-687

2011 Conceptualizing and Theorizing Constitutional Change in Federal Systems: Insights from Historical Institutionalism, in: Regional and Federal Studies 21 (4-5), 539-559.