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Announcing the York Public Affairs Paper Competition’s Winners

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On May 9th, professor Ian Roberge of Glendon’s Political Science Department announced the winners of the first York Public Affairs Paper Competition. Roberge is chair of the Glendon Research Group in Public and International Affairs and coordinator of Glendon’s Bilingual Certificate in Public Administration and Public Policy. This university-wide competition included both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with participants from a number of different faculties.

The competition was born of an initiative, under the title “National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration”, whose aim is to recognize talent in Canadian schools, at the regional and national levels. The Leadership Awards are the result of a collaboration of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Canadian Association for Students of Politics, Policy and Public Administration (CASP│A).

Left: Professor Ian Roberge



The Glendon connection was in making the competition a reality at York University, because it was conceived, organized and run by the Glendon Research Group in Public and International Affairs, under the leadership of professor Roberge. Significant support was also provided by professor Ian Greene (Faculty of Arts) and the Council on Public Administration, a pan-university body coordinating efforts in public administration and public policy.


The judging panel for undergraduate submissions consisted of Sylvie Arend, Glendon senior scholar in political science, and two other Glendon faculty members: Colin Coates (Canadian Studies) and Louis-Philippe Hodgson (Philosophy). The graduate-level judges were Glendon professor Rafael Gomez (Economics) and professor Ian Roberge. Papers had no identifying information when given to the judges, to ensure a fair process.

The winner at the undergraduate level was Louise Bellingham (left), a fourth-year Atkinson student majoring in the social sciences, for her outstanding paper, titled The Democratic Deficit – Suppressing Political Activity in the Canadian Non-Profit Sector. "I'm thrilled and honoured to have won the competition. It's very motivating! I'm hoping to attend the IPAC conference in August and really looking forward to the opportunity to present some of the ideas from my paper", said Bellingham. As for her future plans, she is graduating in June and in the midst of interviewing for positions in the non-profit sector. “I will miss the academic environment and have thoughts of pursuing a PhD. I'm contemplating graduate work on a part-time basis for next year”, she added.

The Research Group also offered an honourable mention to Eric Lander, a political science student at the Faculty of Arts heading into second year in September, for his paper, Democracy's Unelected Lawmakers: Liberal Constitutionalism and the Judicial Review in Theory and Practice.

At the graduate level, the winner was Neil Foley, an MA student in political science at York’s Faculty of Arts, for his excellent paper titled Restructuring the Bargain: An Evaluation of the Gomery Commission's Phase II Report, Restoring Accountability. “The Gomery Commission brought ethics and democratic administration back into the public consciousness, and I was excited to hear that my paper on that topic won the contest. Next year I plan on working as an intern in the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme”, explained Foley. An honourable mention was awarded to Doug Jarvis, another MA student in political science at York’s Faculty of Arts, for his paper, Max Weber and Public Administration in Today's Democratic Community.

Each of the winners will receive $100, disbursed from a generous donation by Paul Cantor, L.L.B., F.I.C.B., Managing Director for Canada of the global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates, member of the York University Board of Governors, and a residence don at Glendon College from 1966 to 1970. “I was a don at Glendon, while [I was] a law student at the U of T. I do not have a York University degree. That said, my time at Glendon was overwhelmingly more significant for my university years [than any of my other university experiences], and it is one of the main reasons for my current commitment to the York University community”, said Cantor.

All four papers will be published shortly on the York and Glendon websites at www.glendon.yorku.ca/api. The two winners are also invited to participate in IPAC’s annual convention in Charlottetown, P.E.I., from August 27 to 30th . In addition, the conference fee will be waived for all four winners, if they choose to attend, and efforts are underway to assist them with travel costs. The two first-prize winners will have the opportunity to present their papers in a poster format at the conference and they will have a chance to win an IPAC prize.

Building on the success of this year’s competition, professor Roberge is already looking forward to conducting an expanded version next year.

This article was submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny


Download copies of the papers below:

Louise Bellingham - The Democratic Deficit? Suppressing Political Activity in the Canadian Nonprofit Sector
Undergraduate Winner, York Public Affairs Essay Competition 2006


Eric Lander - Democracy’s Unelected Lawmakers: Liberal Constitutionalism and Judicial Review in Theory and in Practice
Honorable Mention 2006, York Public Affairs Essay Competition 2006


Neil Foley - Restructuring the Bargain: An Evaluation of the Gomery Commission's Phase II Report
Graduate Winner, York Public Affairs Essay Competition 2006


Doug Jarvis - Max weber and Public Administration in the Democratic Community
Honorable Mention 2006, York Public Affairs Essay Competition 2006


Published on May 17, 2006