Lydia Miljan

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Windsor

Lydia Miljan is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor, and a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute. She was Director of the Fraser Institute’s Alberta Policy Research Centre and from 1988 to 2001 was the Chair of the National Media Archive. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Calgary, specializing in political communication. Dr. Miljan teaches in the areas of Canadian public policy, research methodology, and politics and the media. Her main research interests include how journalist’s personal views are reflected in news content and public opinion formation. In addition to peer-reviewed papers, she is the author of three books: Public Policy in Canada, Hidden Agendas: How Journalists Influence the News, and Cross-Media Ownership and Democratic Practice in Canada. Hidden Agendas was short-listed for the Donner Prize for the best book in public policy, 2003/04.

Recent Research by Lydia Miljan

— Oct 20, 2016
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Counting Votes: Essays on Electoral Reform is a new book that finds first-past-the-post is the best electoral system to keep governments accountable, coalition governments (and spending) increase under Proportional Representation, and the Alternative Vote—also known as ranked ballots—would weaken the competitiveness of elections. It also highlights the constitutional requirement—given previous conventions—of a referendum to make any significant change to the way Canadians elect their governments.

— Jul 7, 2015
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De-Amalgamation in Canada: Breaking Up is Hard to Do

De-Amalgamation in Canada: Breaking Up is Hard to Do builds on the mounting research that suggests the controversial merging of Canadian municipalities hasn’t resulted in meaningful cost savings or efficiencies. In light of that research and the lingering resentment by some residents of communities forced to consolidate by provincial governments, the study finds that amalgamations can be successfully reversed given the right set of circumstances.

— May 26, 2015
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Municipal Amalgamation in Ontario

Municipal Amalgamation in Ontario spotlights the economic effects of Ontario’s push for municipal consolidation in the 1990s. Building on the plethora of research about the shortcomings of amalgamation in the province’s big cities, the study examines the experiences of some of Ontario’s rural communities and finds that — like in the larger cities — the promised cost savings and lower property taxes didn’t materialize.