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Anthony Sayers

  • Associate Professor

Profile

I received my undergraduate education at the University of Western Australia and completed an MA and Ph.D at the University of British Columbia.  My research deals with major political institutions including political parties, elections, federalism and parliaments. I am particulalry interested in the organizational and campaigning aspects of political parties and the distribution of power in federal states. I also write on Alberta provincial politics.

Research Interests and Graduate Supervision

 

I study provincial politics in Alberta with Dr. David Stewart  of the University of Calgary and  the dynamics of federalism in Canada and Australia with Dr. Andrew Banfield of the Australian National University. I am also building a database of Canadian federal, provincial and territorial election results and write on political parties and electoral systems. I am willing to supervise students in the following areas:


 

Publications

Books
Stewart, David K. and Anthony M. Sayers, Alberta Rising: Politics in a One Party Province, in preparation.
Sayers, Anthony M. Parties, Candidates and Constituency Campaigns in Canadian Elections Vancouver: UBC Press, 1999.

Selected Journal Articles
?Challenging the Conservatives: The Wildrose Alliance Party in Alberta? with David K. Stewart, submitted to Canadian Political Science Review
?Is this the End of the Tory Dynasty? The Wildrose Alliance Party in Alberta Politics?, with David K. Stewart SPP Research Papers, Vol. 4 No.6 2011.
?Leadership Change in a Governing Party: The Alberta Progressive Conservatives, 2006,? with David K Stewart, Canadian Political Science Review, Vol. 3, No 4, 2009, pp 85-107
Sayers, Anthony "Candidate Nominations" International Journal of Canadian Studies 33-34(1), 2006, 239-262.
Pickup, Mark, Anthony Sayers, Rainer Knopff and Keith Archer, 'Social Capital and Civic Community in Alberta,' Canadian Journal of Political Science.37 (3) 2004, 617-645
Carty, R. Kenneth, D. Munroe Eagles and Anthony Sayers 'Candidates and Local Campaigns: Are There Just Four Canadian Types?' Party Politics, 9,(5) 2003, 619-636.
Sharman, Campbell, Narelle Miragliotta and Anthony Sayers "Trading Party Preferences: The Australian Experience of Preferential Voting" in Electoral Studies. 21,(4) 4, 2002, 543-560.
Sayers, Anthony and Jeremy Moon, "The Changing Profile of Australian Government; The Balance and Scope and Scale of Ministerial Portfolios" in Canadian Journal of Political Science. 35,(3) 2002,589-612.
Sayers, Anthony , Moon, Jeremy. "The Dynamics of Governmental Activity: A Long-run Analysis of the Changing Scope and Profile of Australian Ministerial Portfolios" Australian Journal of Political Science 34(2),1999, 149-167
Sayers, Anthony , Sharman, Campbell. "Swings and Roundabouts? Patterns of Voting for the Australian Labor Party at State and Commonwealth Lower House Elections, 1901 - 1996" Australian Journal of Political Science 33(3), 1998, 339-354

Selected Book Chapters
?The Evolution of Federalism and Executive Power in Canada and Australia? in Arthur Benz and Jörg Broschek (eds.) Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change and Varieties of Federalism, Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
?Conservatism in Alberta?, with Dr. David K. Stewart in David Rayside and Jim Farney, Conservatism in Canada,? forthcoming.
?Barbarians at the Gate? Conservative Identifiers and the Myth of Brokerage Politics?, David K. Stewart, in Richard Johnston and Campbell Sharman (eds) , Parties as Organizations and Parties as Systems, Vancouver: UBC Press, forthcoming.
?City Ministers: The Local Politics of Cabinet Selection?, in Amanda Bittner and Royce Koop, eds. Canadian Parties, Voters, and Elections: A New Era, Vancouver: UBC Press, forthcoming.
Sayers, Anthony. "The End of Brokerage? The Canadian Party System in the 21st Century" in Michael S. Whittington and Glen Williams (eds.) Canadian Politics in the 21st Century, Broadview Press, 2008. Young, Lisa, Sayers, Anthony , Jansen, Harold. "Altering the Political Landscape: State Funding and Party Finance" in Alain-G. Gagnon and A. Brian Tanguay (eds.), Canadian Parties in Transition, Broadview Press, 2007,pp 335-354.
Knopff, Rainer, Sayers, Anthony. "Canada" in Alan Tarr and John Kincaid (eds.), Federalism in the 21st Century: Practices, Perspectives and Prospects, McGill-Queen's University Press 2005.
Sayers, Anthony , Knopff, Rainer, "Constitutional Politics in Canada" in Raoul Blinderbacher and Abigail Ostien (eds.), Dialogues on Constitutional Origins, Structure, and Change in Federal Countries, McGill-Queen's University Press 2005.
Sayers, Anthony."Regionalism, Political Parties, and Parliamentary Politics in Canada and Australia," in Young, Lisa and Keith Archer, eds. Regionalism and Party Politics in Canada. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Sayers, Anthony . "Political Leaders and Activists" in Joanna Everitt and Brenda O?Neill (eds.) Citizen Politics: Research and Theory in Canadian Political Behaviour, Oxford University Press 2002.
Sayers, Anthony ."The Western Australian Labor Party" in John Warhurst and Andrew Parkin (eds), The Machine: Labor Confronts the Future, St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin 2000.
Sayers, Anthony . "Western Australia: Houses Divided" in Clive Bean, Marian Simms, Scott Bennett and John Warhurst (eds) The Politics of Retribution: The 1996 Australian Federal Election,St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1997,pp 127-135.

Selected Conference Papers
?The Evolution of Federalism and Executive Power in Canada and Australia?, with Andrew C. Banfield, Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change and Varieties of Federalism, Darmstadt, Germany, 2011 June,
?Barbarians at the Gate? Conservative Identifiers and the Myth of Brokerage Politics?, David K. Stewart, Anthony M. Sayers, Parties as Organizations and Parties as Systems, UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 2011 ,
?The Alberta Legislative Assembly,? with David K. Stewart, Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, Waterloo, Ontario, 2011 May,
'Measuring Federalism: Infrastructural Capacity,? with Andrew C. Banfield, Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, Waterloo, Ontario, 2011 May,
?City Ministers: The Local Politics of Cabinet Selection?, Parties and Elections In Canada: Workshop, Memorial University, October 22-23 2010.
'Obstacles to Coalition Formation in the Canadian House of Commons', Governing Without a Majority: What Consequences in Westminster Systems? November 12 2012, Université de Montréal, Canada.
?Christian Conservatives in the Conservative Heartland: A Preliminary Analysis,? with David K. Stewart, Annual Meeting of the Prairie Political Science Association, Winnipeg October, 2010.
?The Dispersal of Power in Federal States: Canada and Australia,? with Andrew Banfield, Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, June 1-3, 2010.
?Alienated and Conservative? Continuity and Change in Alberta?s Political Culture,? with David K. Stewart, Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, June 1-3, 2010.
?The Historical Evolution of Executive Federalism: Between Path Dependence and Institutional Drift,? with Andrew Banfield, presented at The Dynamics of Federal Systems, 6 ? 8 May 2010, FernUniversität, Hagen, Germany Convenors: Arthur Benz and Jörg Broschek.
The Wildrose Alliance: Political Culture and Political Change in Alberta, David K. Stewart, Anthony M. Sayers, Meeting of the Prairie Political Science Association, Calgary, Alberta , October 2009.
'The Infantilization of the Canadian Parliament: Governing from the Centre Reconsidered' with Andrew Banfield, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 19-22, 2006.

Web Papers

"Election Campaign and Party Financing in Canada," with Lisa Young, Democratic Audit of Australia, September 2004.

"City Ministers: The Local Politics of Cabinet Selection," Institute for Advanced Policy Research, December 2006.

 

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