Gerry Boychuk is the Acting Director of the University of Waterloo's Masters of Public Service program. He is also a Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and in the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
In the Masters of Public Service program, he teaches PS611 Government, Politics and the Public Service
and PS617 Values and Ethics in the Public Service.
His areas of interest include global social governance, comparative public policy and US politics.
From 2008 to 2011, he served as Director, Global Governance Teaching Programs (MA and Ph.D.) in the
Balsillie School of International Affairs.
In the Global Governance Program, Prof. Boychuk teaches global social governance as well as the Ph.D. research methods course.
The former, (GGOV 642: Global Social Governance), examines the
impact of globalization in generating global social problems as well as conditioning the prospects
for addressing these problems through supranational cooperation.
Prof. Boychuk, along with Rianne Mahon (Balsillie School) and Stephen McBride (McMaster), is co-editor of the
Global Social Policy: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Public Policy and Social Development.
He is also co-editor (with Karen Mossberger, Kent State University and Mark
C. Rom, Georgetown University) of the Georgetown University Press series,
Governance and Public Policy.
He is the author of National Health Insurance
in the United States and Canada: Race, Territory and the Roots of Difference which
was awarded the Donald V. Smiley Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association for the best book in 2008
relating to the government and politics of Canada. The book examines
the historical development of public health insurance
in the United States and Canada in the 20th century and argues that the
impact of the politics of race in the US and the politics of territorial
integration in Canada provide the most powerful explanation of the divergent
trajectories of development of public health care in the two countries. The book has also been nominated for
the Donner Prize, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers award. The book was
launched in Washington at an event hosted by the Hudson Institute.
Prof. Boychuk is also the author of a major study on the regulation of private funding and private insurance for health services in
Canada completed under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced Policy Research
in the School of Policy Studies at the University
In 2009, Dr. Boychuk recieved a University of Waterloo Outstanding Peformance Award.
"...a marvelous contribution to the fields of comparative politics and health policy. [...] ....his use of evidence is
thorough and convincing." Mary Clark, Tulane University, Perspectives on Political Science.
“Boychuk is a bold revisionist, challenging received wisdom about what explains the divergent paths Canada and the United States have taken in the past four decades in financing and administering medical care. Race relations—and Quebec’s special place in Canada—are crucial in ways others have not emphasized, which makes his book a worthy addition to the literature."—Theodore Marmor, Yale University
"In this engaging and beautifully written book, Gerard Boychuk marshalls rich historical evidence to explain how conflicts over race and territorial politics led the U.S. and Canada on divergent paths."—Jill Quadagno, author of One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance
"A fresh take on an old problem rooted in the important structural features of each nation."—James Morone, author of Hellfire Nation and coeditor of Healthy, Wealthy and Fair
"...a distinguished contribution to the literature...a model of subtle scholarship..." Michael Moran, University of Manchester, Perspectives on Politics (June 2009)
Recent and forthcoming publications include:
"Territorial Dynamics and the New Politics of Redistribution in Canada," in John Myles and Keith Banting, eds.,
The New Politics of Redistribution in Canada. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011.
Other publications include:
- "The Public-Private Divide in Health Care and Pensions,"
with Keith G. Banting in Daniel Beland and Brian Gran, ed., The Public
Private Divide, 2009.
- "Harper and Health Care," in G. Bruce Doern, ed., How Ottawa Spends,
2007-8 The New Conservative Government . 2007.
- "Race and Territory in the United States and Canada," in David M. Thomas,
ed., Canada and the United States: Differences that Count, 3rd edition.
Broadview Press, 2007.
- "Asymmetry and Paradox: Social Policy and the US-Canada Bilateral
Relationship," American Review of Canadian Studies (Winter 2004):
- “Redistribution, Social Protection and North American Linkages:
Social Policy Distinctiveness Under Increased Labour Mobility.” In
Richard G. Harris and Thomas Lemieux, ed., Social and Labour Market Aspects
of North American Linkages. Calgary: University of Calgary Press,
- Gerard W. Boychuk and Debora L. Vannijnatten, "Economic Integration
and Cross-Border Policy Convergence," Horizons, 7, 1 (June 2004):
- "How Ottawa Gambles: The Politics of Health Care Reform," in G. Bruce
Doern, ed., How Ottawa Spends, 2005/6;
- "Slouching Toward the Bottom? Social Assistance in the Canadian
Provinces, 1980-2000" in Kathryn Harrison, ed., Races to the Bottom?
Vancouver, UBC Press, 2006.
- "“The Changing Economic and Political Environment,” 320-39.
In Greg Marchildon, ed., Health Care in Canada: Fiscal Issues.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.
- "The Canadian
Social Model: The Logics of Policy Development." Canadian Policy Research
Networks, January 2004.
- Gerard W. Boychuk and Keith G. Banting, "Converging and Diverging
Paradoxes: National and Sub-National Variation in Income Maintenance
Programs in Canada and the United States," in Richard G. Harris, ed.,
North American Linkages: Opportunities and Challenges for Canada
(Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2004.)
Dr. Boychuk has also acted as a consultant to Human Resources Development Canada
and Industry Canada on public policy comparisons between Canada and the
United States and was a contributing researcher to the joint
HRDC/Industry Canada project on North American Linkages. As a researcher
for the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada, he authored
the research paper, The Changing
Political and Economic Environment of Health Care in Canada.
He is the also the author of Patchworks of Purpose: The Development
of Provincial Social Assistance Regimes in Canada (Kingston and Montreal:
McGill-Queen's University Press, 1998) a volume in the Institute of Public
Administration of Canada series. The book was nominated for the Donner
Prize for the Best Book on Canadian Public Policy as well as the Donald
Smiley Prize for the best book in the study of politics and government
in Canada in 1998-99.
Department of Political Science
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