- Working-Class Politics
- Labour Unions
- Political Economy
- Canadian Politics
- Provincial Politics
- Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Charles Smith (Ph.D York) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. His research interests include Canadian and International political economy, public law, labour unions and federal and provincial public policy. He is the author of Transforming Provincial Politics (2015) and Unions in Court: Organized Labour and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (2017). He has also authored numerous articles on Saskatchewan Politics, Labour in Court and Labour History. Charles is also co-editor of Canada's foremost labour studies journal Labour/Le Travail. He is also the husband to Allison and proud father of twin boys, Dylan and Jonah.
Labour/Le Travail (2016-Present)
Charles W. Smith (with Bryan Evans) (editors). The Transformation of Provincial Politics: The Political Economy of Canada’s Provinces and Territories in a Neoliberal Era. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015).
PAPERS IN REFEREED JOURNALS
(With Daniel Paré),"Free to express yourself online while off-duty? Tracing jurisdictional expressions of shifting workplace boundaries in Canada," Information, Communication, Society, (2022), DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2022.2085613
Jacob Albin Korem Alhassan, Charles Smith and Lori Hanson, "Politics, transportation, and the people’s health: a socio-political autopsy of the demise of a 70-year-old bus company," Critical Public Health (2021)
(With Lorne Sossin) “The Politics of Transparency and Independence before Administrative Boards.” Saskatchewan Law Review 75 (2012): 13-53.
(With Lorne Sossin) “Hard Choices and Soft Law: Ethical Codes, Policy Guidelines and the Role of the Courts in Regulating Government,” University of Alberta Law Review 40:4 (2002): 867-893.
NON-REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES
(With Joan Sangster), "Working Class Histories: Cross Boarder Dialogue," Scottish Journal of Labour History, 56 (2021), 126-138.
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
(With Alison Braley-Rattai) "Class Struggle Goes to Court: Workers’ Rights and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Workers’ Rights and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms," in Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage eds., Rethinking the Politics of Labour, 2nd Edition (Halifax: Fernwood, 2021).
(With Andrew Stevens) "The Erosion of Workers’ Rights in Saskatchewan: The Sask Party, Labour Law Reform and Organized Labour, 2007–2020," in JoAnn Jaffe, Patricia W. Elliott and Cora Sellers eds., Divided: Populism, Polarization and Power in the New Saskatchewan (Halifax: Fernwood, 2021).
"The State, Trade Union Freedoms and the Impasse of Working-Class Power in Canada," in Greg Albo, Stephen Maher, and Alan Zuege eds., State Transformations: Classes, Strategy, Socialism (London: Brill, 2021), 223-246.
"Political Economy and the Canadian Working Class: Conflict, Crisis, and Change," in Heather Whiteside ed., Canadian Political Economy (Toronto: Unversity of Toronto Press, 2020), 145-172.
"Active Incrementalism and the Politics of Austerity in the "New Saskatchewan," in Bryan Evans and Carlo Fanelli eds., The Public Sector in an Age of Austerity: Perspectives from Canada's Provinces and Territories (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018), 71-100.
(With Bryan Evans) “The Transformation of Ontario Politics: The Long Ascent of Neoliberalism,” in Bryan Evans and Charles W. Smith eds., The Transformation of Provincial Politics: The Political Economy of Canada’s Provinces and Territories in a Neoliberal Era (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015), 162-191.
(With Larry Savage) “Public Sector Unions and Electoral Politics in Canada,” in S. Ross and L. Savage eds., Public Sector Unions in the Age of Austerity (Halifax: Fernwood, 2013), 46-56.
“Labour, courts and the erosion of workers’ rights in Canada,” in Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage eds., Rethinking The Politics of Labour in Canada (Halifax: Fernwood, 2012), 184-197.
“The “New Normal” in Saskatchewan: Neoliberalism and the Challenge to Workers Rights,” in David McGrane ed., New Directions in Saskatchewan Public Policy (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 2011), 121-152.
Teaching & Supervision
Selection of Courses Taught (by Year)
- 2013 - INTS 400: Social Justice and the Common Good
- 2013 - Pols 303: Public Law in Canada
- 2014 - Pols 304: Democracy and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- 2014 - Pols 362: Global Political Economy
- 2014 - Pols 303.3 Public Law in Canada
- 2014 - Pols 205.3 Politics in Canada
- 2015 - INTS 400.3 Social Justice and the Common Good
- 2015 - Pols 362.3 Global Political Economy
Canadian Politics Charter of Rights Labour Unions Law and Politics Political Economy Provincial Politics
- Working-Class Politics
- Organized Labour and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Law, Politics and Collective Bargaining in Canada
- Canadian Provincial Politics
- Western Canada
Awards & Honours
- Insight Development Grant, awarded by SSHRC September 2012-September 2014