Robert Finbow

Professor

Finbow

Email: robert.finbow@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-6606
Mailing Address: 
Department of Political Science Rm 344, 3rd Floor, Henry Hicks Bldg Dalhousie University, 6299 South Street PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
 
Research Topics:
  • Free trade agreements and social policy
  • Canada-EU Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
  • North American free trade and labour
  • Regionalism in Canada

 

Education:

  • Dalhousie University (B.A. Hon.)
  • York University (M.A.)
  • London School of Economics (MSc.)
  • London School of Economics (Ph.D.)

Robert Finbow is Professor of Political Science. He teaches on comparative politics and theory, Latin America, and Canadian regionalism and political economy. He has published articles on labour and environmental aspects of NAFTA, comparative health care and social policy, comparative North American political cultures and Atlantic Canadian regionalism.

Research Interests:

Professor Finbow's current research focuses on labour and social issues and trade in North America and Europe; and implementation of the Canada-EU Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). He also does research on comparative regional development in North America. His focus recently has been on the Canada-European Economic and Trade Agreement, especially the implications for social policy and federalism. He has also done research on Nova Scotia politics and parties over the past 25 years.

Selected Publications:

  • The Limits of Regionalism: NAFTA’s Labour Accord (London: Ashgate, 2006).
  • “The Eurozone crisis and the social dimension: prospects for democratic practice in a reconstituted fiscal union” in Finn Laursen (ed). The EU and the Eurozone Crisis: Policy Challenges and Strategic Choices, (Ashgate, 2013) 45-64.
  • “Can Trans-Atlantic trade relations be Institutionalized after Trump? Examining the Political and Global Governance context” in Elaine Fahey (ed.)  Institutionalisation Beyond the Nation State: Transatlantic Relations, Data Privacy and Trade Law, 187-211. Springer (2018);
  • “The Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: Securing a Comprehensive Deal in the Populist Era” Asia-Pacific Journal of EU Studies, 16(1), (2018), 79-109.;
  • “Restructuring the state through economic and trade agreements:  the case of investment disputes resolution” Politics and Governance Special Issue "Supranational Institutions and Governance in an Era of Uncertain Norms" Cogitatio Press 4,3, 2016, 62-76.   available at http://www.cogitatiopress.com/ojs/index.php/politicsandgovernance/article/view/639
  • “Embedding liberalization: Will CETA undermine the social dimension of trans-Atlantic integration?” in Finn Laursen (ed.), The EU and the Political Economy of Transatlantic Relations Brussels: I.E. Peter Lang 2012 (Chapter 6), 123-146.
  • “Submerging the urban”? Halifax in a multi-level governance system” in Robert Young and Martin Horak (eds). Sites of Governance: Multilevel Governance and Policy Making in Canada’s Big Cities Montreal: McGill-Queens’ Press 2012, 73-103.
  • “The Evolving Labour Relations Dimension of the European Regional System: a Model for North America?” in Finn Laursen (ed.) Comparative Regional Integration: Europe and Beyond Ashgate 2010, 101-130.

Professor Finbow has published articles on labour and environmental aspects of NAFTA, comparative health care and social policy, comparative North American political cultures and Atlantic Canadian regionalism.  

Service and Activity:

Professor Finbow has served previously as Chair, graduate coordinator and honours coordinator for the department. He has received several SSHRC research grants as well as a Fulbright fellowship.  He has served on the selection committee for Fulbright exchanges between Canada and the United States. He teaches on comparative politics and theory, US politics, Latin America, and Canadian regionalism and political economy.