Tom Flanagan

Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Distinguished Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

Tom Flanagan, Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Distinguished Fellow, at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, and Chair, Aboriginal Futures, at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.  He received his B.A. from Notre Dame and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University.  He taught political science at the University of Calgary from 1968 until retirement in 2013.  He is the author of many books and articles on topics such as Louis Riel and Metis history, aboriginal rights and land claims, Canadian political parties, political campaigning, and applications of game theory to politics. His books have won six prizes, including the Donner-Canadian Prize for best book of the year in Canadian public policy. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1996.   Prof. Flanagan has also been a frequent expert witness in litigation over aboriginal and treaty land claims.  In the political realm, he managed Stephen Harper's campaigns for leadership of the Canadian Alliance and the Conservative Party of Canada, the 2004 Conservative national campaign, and the 2012 Wildrose Alberta provincial campaign.

Recent Research by Tom Flanagan

— Nov 21, 2017
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Bending the Curve: Recent Developments in Government Spending on First Nations

Bending the Curve: Recent Developments in Government Spending on First Nations finds that First Nations across Canada are generating billions in revenue for themselves—and not only from natural resources. According to the study, the average own-source revenue total for approximately 80 per cent of all First Nations in Canada (those with publicly available data) was $5.9 million in 2015/16.

— Sep 12, 2017
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The Debate about Métis Aboriginal Rights—Demography, Geography, and History

The Debate about Métis Aboriginal Rights—Demography, Geography, and History finds that, due to the ambiguity regarding who is—or isn’t—Métis, and what constitutes Métis land, current negotiations between Ottawa and several Métis associations may create more problems than they will solve.

— Jun 21, 2017
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Incentives, Identity, and the Growth of Canada's Indigenous Population

Incentives, Identity, and the Growth of Canada’s Indigenous Population finds that Canada’s indigenous population increased by a staggering 275 per cent between 1986 and 2011—eight times faster than the general population—and is largely explained by so-called ethnic mobility as more and more Canadians start to identify as indigenous, and qualify for economic benefits.