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Laurier Professor Chris Alcantara shortlisted for John McMenemy Prize

May 22/13

Chris Alcantara, associate professor of Political Science, was shortlisted for the 2013 John McMenemy Prize for his article, “Mixing Politics and Business in the Canadian Arctic: Inuit Corporate Governance in Nunavik and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.”

The John McMenemy Prize, awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) and the Société québécoise de science politique, recognizes the best article published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science.

Alcantara co-wrote his article with Gary N. Wilson, an associate professor at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Wilson and Alcantara’s article analyzes the role of Inuit economic development corporations (IEDCs) in Nunavik, Northern Quebec, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Northwest Territories, over the last several decades. They argue that the corporate-led governance approach of IEDCs has allowed the Inuit to develop the economic and political capacity necessary to implement formal self-government structures and arrangements, which differs from existing assumptions about the nature of the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state.

“Surprisingly, although neither the Inuvialuit or the Inuit residents of Nunavik have signed a self-government agreement, they both enjoy a form of self-government which we call Inuit Corporate Governance,” says Alcantara. “This model, which embraces and recognizes the value of liberal-capitalist structures and practices, has benefited the Inuit communities and members immensely, and so our paper develops and explores this new concept, challenging a large body of scholarship that insists that capitalism is inherently bad and colonial for Indigenous peoples.”

Alcantara has received a number of awards for his scholarship, including winning the J.E. Hodgetts Award for best article in English appearing in Canadian Public Administration, being a finalist for the Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian Public Policy, and winning the David Watson Memorial Trust and Award for a paper published in the Queen’s Law Journal.

The 2013 John McMenemy prize recipient(s) will be announced June 5 at the Annual Conference of the CPSA in Victoria, British Columbia. 

About the John McMenemy Prize
The John McMenemy Prize was established in honour of Wilfrid Laurier University Professor John McMenemy, who between 1977 and 2004 contributed greatly to the success of the Canadian Journal of Political Science, a quarterly journal distributed to 2,000 scholars and institutions around the world. The annual jury normally consists of the two co-editors of the Journal and one member of the CPSA Board of Directors.


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