In memoriam: Prof. Robert Young

Our research committee is saddened to learn of the death of Professor Robert Young and extends its condolences to Prof. Young’s family.

Professor Young was a leading scholar of Canadian and comparative federalism and a long-standing member of RC28. The field will be much poorer without him.

A tribute by C. Lloyd Brown-John, Founding Chair of RC28:

“Robert (Bob) Young was a unique intellectual. A deep and profound thinker with the unusual capacity, for an academic, of being able to communicate with a much wider public audience than most academics. He was an intellectual communicator and an avid critical evaluator of both Canadian federalism but of complex political systems in general.

With his sharp eye and remarkable mind he was able to offer profound comment on both the works of others who he encountered and simultaneously extend constructive addition or flavor to another’s thinking.

I would rank him among the top Canadian academics in the filed of federalism and comparative political systems analysis. His role as a critical observer will be difficult for younger academics to fill. As well, those of his students who now may benefit from his instruction will be able to thank his memory for his skill as an instructor. He was a fine scholar.”

Other tributes are available on the website of the Canadian Political Science Association.

In memoriam: Prof. Alfred Stepan

Our research committee is saddened by the recent passing of Professor Alfred Stepan and extends its condolences to Prof. Stepan’s family. Professor Stepan made major contributions to the study of federalism, such as his seminal distinction between ‘coming together’ and ‘holding together’ federalism, and we all owe much to his research and scholarship.

Obituaries are available on the website of the Chicago Tribune and St Antony’s College, Oxford.

2018 World Congress call for proposals

The call for panels and papers for next year’s International Political Science Association’s (IPSA) World Congress in Brisbane, QLD, Australia is now open and will close on 10 October.

The IPSA Research Committee on Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance (RC28) invites you to submit a proposal for either an individual paper or a complete panel. Guidance on the submission process can be found here.

RC28 plans to sponsor a full range of panels, open to any topics of interest in the field of comparative federalism and multilevel governance. We especially welcome papers and panels that connect federalism, approached as either a dependent or an independent variable, to other major research agendas in political science such as concepts, methodology, local government, de/centralisation, legislatures, judiciaries, ethnicity and language, elections and parties, public opinion, public administration, public policy, and the quality of democracy. Panels addressing these topics may also be co-sponsored by other IPSA research committees.

We look forward to receiving your proposal. Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or comments about the submission process.