Jörg Broschek is Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance and Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. Coming to Canada from Germany in 2013, his research program aspires to advance knowledge on how formal federations and multilevel systems – like the European Union and North America – adjust to new international and domestic challenges. Understanding the nature of problems that drive political change in federal and multilevel systems, as well as the patterns and long-term consequences of institutional change, bears importance not only for Canadians, who live in one of the oldest federations in the world. Almost half of the world’s population resides in federal systems. Besides, many of world’s most pressing problems transcend the boundaries of political entities such as municipalities, regions, sub-federal units or nation-states, leading to the creation of multilevel institutional settings such as the European Union.
Adopting a comparative-historical approach, Dr. Broschek’s research seeks to better understand contemporary transformations by examining them in a larger evolutionary perspective. Time has causal relevance in connecting past and present politics as key political actors such as elected governments or bureaucracies usually respond to new and enduring problems in historically patterned ways. Based on this premise, his current research agenda focuses on four broad topics:
- The patterns and long-term consequences of federal reforms
- The causes of federalization
- Economic integration in multilevel systems through internal and external trade policy
- Theories and methods in the field of comparative federalism and multilevel politics
Since commencing his CRC at Laurier, Dr. Broschek has been principal investigator and co-applicant on successful Connection, Insight and Partnership Development Grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). His articles have been published in academic journals including the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Regional and Federal Studies, the Swiss Political Science Review, Comparative European Politics and Territory, Politics, Governance. He is also author of one monograph (Der kanadische Föderalismus. Eine historisch-institutionalistische Analyse, Wiesbaden: VS Springer, 2009) and co-editor of Federal Dynamics. Continuity, Change, and the Varieties of Federalism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, with Arthur Benz).