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Jörg Broschek named Canada Research Chair in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance at Laurier

Mar 15/13| For Immediate Release


Abby Goodrum, Vice-President, Research
Wilfrid Laurier University
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Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
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WATERLOO - Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to announce the appointment of Jörg Broschek to the position of Canada Research Chair in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance.

Canada Research Chair appointments across Canada were officially announced by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) at Western University March 15, 2013.

Broschek is coming to Laurier from the Institute of Political Science at the Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany where he specialized in comparative politics. In his doctoral dissertation, he examined dynamic patterns of federalism in Canada from a comparative perspective. At Laurier, Broschek’s research will compare the institutional architecture, the historical evolution, and the democratic performance of multilevel governance in Europe and North America. To this end, Broschek plans to develop an innovative analytical framework that builds on and further extends his previous work in the field of comparative federalism.

“Based on my experience as a German political scientist with a European background who has specialized in Canadian politics, I hope that the research I am undertaking will substantially contribute to the role of Canadian political science in the study of comparative politics,” said Broschek.

Broschek will begin his appointment on July 1, 2013.  In addition to his Canada Research Chair appointment, he will be joining Laurier’s Political Science Department as an Associate Professor.

“We welcome Dr. Broschek as he joins the growing interdisciplinary group of scholars at Laurier interested in federalism and multilevel governance,” said Abby Goodrum, vice-president: research.  “His research will contribute to Laurier’s deep commitment to discovery and innovation, global citizenship, and civic engagement by addressing a topic that is of deep concern to students, policymakers and academics around the world.”

With Broschek’s appointment, Wilfrid Laurier University will have nine Canada Research Chairs in disciplines ranging from International Human Rights to Forests and Global Change.

“Our government is committed to attracting and retaining the world’s best and brightest researchers, supporting innovation, creating jobs, and strengthening our economy,” said Goodyear. “By investing in programs such as the Canada Research Chairs, we are fostering cutting-edge research and the generation of new innovations for the marketplace, for the benefit of Canadians.” 

In 2000, the Government of Canada created a permanent program to establish 2000 research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country. The Canada Research Chairs program invests $300 million per year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds and make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development.


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