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    CPSA Students Caucus Meeting








    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Workshop: The Official Languages Act at 50
    Le 50e anniversaire de la Loi sur les langues officielles








    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Reception: Department of Political Science
    University of British Columbia








    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Canadian Political Science Association
    2019 Annual Conference Programme

    ALL SIDES OF THINGS:
    SPEAKING TRUTH TO PEOPLE

    Hosted at the University of British Columbia
    Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6, 2019
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    Presidential Address:
    François Rocher, CPSA President

    Life and Death of an Issue:
    Canadian Political Science and
    Quebec Politics

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 05:00pm to 06:00pm
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    Keynote: UBCIC Grand
    Chief Stewart Phillip

    Asserting Indigenous
    Title and Rights in 2019

    Location: CIRS 1250
    June 04, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Wendy Brown
    In the Ruins of Neoliberalism:
    Our Predicaments:
    the Rise of Anti-democratic
    Politics in the West

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 02:00pm to 03:30pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Roland Paris
    Canada Alone?
    Surviving in a Meaner World

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm

Comparative Politics



B11 - Natural Resource Politics

Date: Jun 5 | Time: 12:00pm to 01:00pm | Location: SWING 308

Chair/Président/Présidente : Amy Poteete (Concordia University)

After the Boom: Volatility, Institutions, Politics, and Development in Botswana’s Resource-Dependent Economy: Amy Poteete (Concordia University)
Abstract: This paper re-examines a frequently cited example of how valuable natural resources can support development. In the decade after Botswana’s transition to independence in 1965-66, the founders of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) consolidated their political dominance, developed the institutional foundation for post-colonial rule, and negotiated the development of significant gem-quality diamond mines with the De Beers-led international diamond cartel. Subsequent political stability and rapid economic growth can be plausibly attributed to the quality of leadership and institutions during this period, the duration of the diamond boom and the unusual stability of international diamond prices, or the politics associated with a broad and stable coalition. Since independence, Botswana has had five presidents. Early institutions have been transformed and new institutions created. The BDP’s coalition has narrowed as political competition has intensified. And the country’s political and economic record in recent years has been mixed. Does a more mixed developmental record represent an empirical challenge to institutional path dependency and a vindication of the influence of political coalitions and competition on development? Are they a product of changes in political leadership? Or do they simply reflect the greater difficulty of managing the end of a mineral boom, especially in the context of an increasingly volatile revenue stream (and increasingly intense electoral competition), despite relative consistency in the quality of political leadership and policies? To answer these questions, the paper analyzes Botswana’s responses to the end of its initial boom in the late 1980s and increasing market volatility and political competition.

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The Contentious Politics of Natural Resource Governance and Development: J. Andrew Grant (Queen's University), Dimitrios Panagos (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Abstract: In 2011, Québec Premier Jean Charest announced an ambitious plan to develop the province’s northern regions. Covering an area nearly twice the size of France, the Plan Nord proposed a sweeping set of projects for energy development, mining, infrastructure, tourism, and conservation. Although the future of the Plan Nord is uncertain after the October 2018 election win by the Coalition Avenir Québec, it is likely that some version of the plan, such as its governance centerpiece to engage and integrate the province’s Indigenous peoples in the sustainable development of the north, will emerge. A perpetual challenge for Québec governments is to better integrate and promote the wellbeing of such communities, and there are warning signs of the potential for future conflict as some have already mobilized opposition against proposed developments. This paper explores the contentious politics surrounding the Plan Nord by building on recent literature on Indigenous contentious collective mobilization to examine how this plan would impact Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations. The paper examines the Plan Nord and related provisions for consulting Indigenous communities by drawing upon primary and secondary documents to determine the scale and scope of both resistance and support amongst various Indigenous communities for the plan. Mindful of the social responsibility political scientists have to speak plainly and to contribute to public debates, we offer a parsimonious theoretical framework to contentious politics in order to assess the prospects for collective mobilization. This provides a theoretically grounded analysis of Québec’s evolving and deeply politicized natural resource development landscape.