Associate Professor Gerald Baier (Ph.D, Dalhousie) joined the UBC Political Science department in 2003. He is Faculty Associate with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Acting Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI).
His teaching and research interests are in Canadian politics with a focus on the Constitution, federalism and public law. He is a regular commentator on federal politics in national and local media. His past research has explored the role of judicial decision-making in the shaping of federalism in Canada, Australia and the United States. He is presently conducting a comprehensive study of the Supreme Court of Canada’s institutional character and processes.
The Canadian Regime (6th Edition) with Patrick Malcolmson, Richard Myers and Thomas M.J. Bateman (Toronto: UTP Higher Ed, 2016)
Contested Federalism: Certainty and Ambiguity in the Canadian Federation with Herman Bakvis and Douglas M. Brown (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2009)
Courts and Federalism: Judicial Doctrine in the United States, Australia, and Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006)
“Canada: Federal and Subnational Constitutional Practice “in Alan Tarr and Michael Burgess eds., Constitutional Dynamics in Federal Systems: Subnational Perspectives (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012)
“Fixed Election Dates, The Continuous Campaign and Campaign Advertising Restrictions” (with Jennifer Smith) in Herman Bakvis and Mark Jarvis eds., From ‘New Public Management’ to the ‘New Political Governance’ (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012)
“The New EU Constitution: Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations – Lessons from Canada.” Regional and Federal Studies 15:2 (June 2005)
“Arbitrating a Fiction: The Nova Scotia/ Newfoundland and Labrador Boundary Dispute and Canadian Federalism.” Canadian Public Administration 46:3 (Fall 2003) (with Paul Groarke)
New Judicial Thinking on Sovereignty and Federalism: Canadian and American Comparisons Justice System Journal 23:2 (2002)
Tempering Peace, Order and Good Government: Provincial Inability and Canadian Federalism. National Journal of Constitutional Law 9(3) October 1998, 277-305.