August 2017

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The University of Toronto Department of Political Science website lists the requirements for completing a PhD: Field 1 (Canadian Politics: 2012-13) Field 2 (Public Policy: 2013-14) Qualitative Methods Requirement (2014) Quantitative Methods Requirement (waived from undergrad and Oxford MPhil coursework) Field Examination in Field 1 and Field 2 (February 2014 and January 2016) Thesis Committee […]

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Thesis proposal reading continues to dominate my information diet, but I bought a couple of unrelated books today. Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson’s Napoleon’s Buttons — recommended by my friend Myshka — describes the influence of seventeen molecules on human history. I’m about 60 pages in and have been finding it entertaining and reminiscent […]

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For analyzing climate change activism, the contentious politics theoretical framework associated with Doug McAdam (a sociology professor at Stanford), Sidney Tarrow (a professor of government and sociology at Cornell), and Charles Tilly (formerly a social science professor at Columbia) has much to recommend it. In particular, it incorporates many explanatory factors used in the related […]

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In Argentina and the European Union, people can assert a “right to be forgotten“, in which internet companies are obligated to delete content which those complaining are unhappy to have online. There is also a Canadian connection: In June Canada’s Supreme Court ordered Google to stop its search engine returning a result advertising a product […]

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