Kathryn Harrison

Professor of Political Science

Office: Buch C422
Office Phone: 604-822-4922
Email: kathryn.harrison@ubc.ca

Kathryn Harrison is Professor of Political Science. She has a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Master's degrees in Chemical Engineering and Political Science from MIT, and a PhD in Political Science from UBC.

Dr. Harrison pursues two strands of research.  The first employs comparative analysis to understand why governments adopt the policies they do.  The second evaluates the efficacy of alternative policy instruments.  Although Dr. Harrison's research focuses primarily on environmental policy, she is also interested in comparisons across other policy areas, and welcomes the opportunity to work with students with other substantive policy interests.

Dr. Harrison is the author of the book Passing the Buck: Federalism and Canadian Environmental Policy and co-author (with George Hoberg) of Risk, Science, and Politics. In addition, she has edited three volumes, the most recent of which is Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change (MIT Press, 2010), co-edited with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom.  She has published over 50 journal articles and chapters in edited volumes.

Dr. Harrison's awards include Fulbright Fellowships in 1999-200 and 2006-7, a Gilbert White Fellowship at Resources for the Future, the UBC Killam Research Fellowship, the KD Srivastava Prize from UBC Press, the John Vandercamp prize for the best article in Canadian Public Policy, the JCPA-APPAM prize for the best comparative paper at the APPAM annual meeting, and the Edward Clarence Dyason Fellowship at Melbourne University.

From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Harrison served as Associate Dean, Strategy and Communications, in the Faculty of Arts.  Her diverse portfolio included responsibility for interdisciplinary programs, IT, implementation of online teaching evaluations, communications, collective bargaining, departmental reviews, international students, distance education, and community service programs.

She is a member of the publications board of UBC Press and has served on the editorial boards of Canadian Public Policy, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, and Regulation and Governance.
 

Books

Currently Teaching


Graduate Supervision

I am currently or have supervised graduate student research on a variety of topics including business-government relations, municipal climate policy, comparative pharmaceutical policy, drinking water protection, renewable energy policy, children's environmental health, endangered species legislation, welfare policy, and earthquake preparedness policy.

Recent Publications

(Full list of publications here)

Books

Journal Articles

  • “Multilevel Governance and American Influence on Canadian Climate Policy: The California Effect vs. the Washington Effect,” Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 32.2 (2012).
  • “Historical Legacies and Policy Reform: Diverse Regional Reactions to BC’s Carbon Tax,” BC Studies 173 (2012): 95-120, with Chelsea Peet.
    “A Tale of Two Taxes: The Fate of Environmental Tax Reform in Canada,” Review of Policy Research 29 (2012): 383-407.
  • "The Comparative Politics of Carbon Taxation," Annual Review of Law and Society, 26 (2010): 1-23.
  • "The Influence of Institutions on Issue Framing: Children's Environmental Health Policy in the United States and Canada," Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 11 (2009): 287-307, coauthored with Katherine Boothe.
  • "The Comparative Politics of Climate Change," Global Environmental Politics, 7 (2007): 1-18, coauthored with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom.
  • "The Path not Taken: Climate Change Policy in Canada and the United States," Global Environmental Politics, 7 (2007): 92-117.
  • "Protecting Endangered Species in the US and Canada: The Role of Negative Lesson Drawing," Canadian Journal of Political Science, 40 (2007): 367-394, coauthored with Mary Illical,
  • "Canada's Voluntary ARET Program: Limited Success Despite Industry Co-sponsorship," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 26 (2007): 755-73, coauthored with Werner Antweiler.
  • "Incentives for Pollution Abatement: Regulation, Regulatory Threats, and Non-Governmental Pressures," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 22 (2003): 361-82, coauthored with Werner Antweiler.

Book Chapters

  • Environmental Regulatory Incentives Underlying Canadian Industrial Performance," in Zhiqi Chen and Marc Duhamel, eds., Industrial Organization in Canada: Empirical Evidence and Policy Challenges, (Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2011), coauthored with Werner Antweiler.
  • "Introduction: Global Commons, Domestic Decisions, in Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010), cauthored with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom.
  • "The United States as Outlier: Economic and Institutional Challenges to US Climate Policy," in Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010).
  • "The Struggle of Ideas and Self-Interest in Canadian Climate Policy," in Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010).
  • "Conclusion: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change," in Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010), cauthored with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom.
  • "Multilevel Governance and Carbon Pricing in Canada, the United States, and the European Union," in Thomas Courchene, ed., Canada: The State of the Federation 2009 - Carbon Pricing and Environmental Federalism. (Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2010).
  • "Challenges and Opportunities in Canadian Climate Policy," in Steven Bernstein, Jutta Brunnee, David G. Duff, and Andrew Green, eds., A Globally Integrated Climate Policy for Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008).
  • "Intergovernmental Regulation and Municipal Drinking Water," in Bruce Doern and Robert Johnson eds., Rules, Rules, Rules: Multilevel Regulatory Governance in Canada, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), coauthored with Carey Anne Hill.
  • "Provincial Interdepence: Concepts and Theories" in Kathryn Harrison, ed., Racing to the Bottom? Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005).
  • "Follow the Leader and Dominoes: Games Provinces Play in Tobacco Taxation," in Kathryn Harrison, ed., Racing to the Bottom? Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005).
  • "Races to the Bottom vs. Races to the Middle: Minimum Wage Setting in Canada," in Kathryn Harrison, ed., Racing to the Bottom? Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005), coauthored with David Green.
  • "Are Canadian Provinces Engaged in a Race to the Bottom? Evidence and Implications," in Kathryn Harrison, ed., Racing to the Bottom? Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005).

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