Campus Directory: Geoffrey Hale

University of Lethbridge

Geoffrey Hale
Political Science Department
Office: E518 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2572


B.A.(Princeton), M.B.A. Ph.D. (U.W.O.)


Public policy, Canada-US Relations, North American integration, Fiscal and tax policies, Politics of foreign investment and capital markets, border security and management, Business and government, emergency management

Research Areas

North American integration, Canada-US relations, border management and security, political economy, foreign investment and capital markets

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B.A.(Princeton), M.B.A. Ph.D. (U.W.O.)

Geoffrey Hale was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He attended Princeton University [B.A., 1976] and the University of Western Ontario [M.B.A., 1978; Ph.D., 1996]. His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled The Politics of Canadian Tax Policy: 1978-1988 -- Tax Reform as Constitutional Change.

Geoffrey Hale had an extensive background in public policy and business-government relations before joining the U of L faculty in 1999. A native of Montreal, he is author of three books, THE POLITICS OF TAXATION IN CANADA (Broadview Press/UTPHE, 2001), UNEASY PARTNERSHIP: THE POLITICS OF BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT (Broadview Press/UTPHE, 2006), and SO NEAR YET SO FAR: THE PUBLIC AND HIDDEN WORLDS OF CANADA-U.S. RELATIONS (UBC Press, 2012), and numerous articles on various aspects of Canadian political economy, federalism, Canada-US relations and North American integration. He is also co-editor (with Monica Gattinger) of BORDERS AND BRIDGES: CANADA's POLICY RELATIONS IN NORTH AMERICA (Oxford, 2010).

Selected Publications


So Near and Yet So Far: The Public and Hidden Worlds of Canada-U.S. Relations (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012).

Borders and Bridges: Canada's Policy Relations in North America, co-edited with Monica Gattinger, (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Uneasy Partnership: The Politics of Business and Government in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press Higher Education, 2006).

The Politics of Taxation in Canada (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2001).

Selected Journal Articles:

"CNOOC-Nexen, State-Controlled Enterprises, and Canadian Foreign Investment Policies: Adapting to Divergent Modernization," Canadian Journal of Political Science 47:1 (June 2014).

"Transnationalism, Transgovernmentalism, and Canada-U.S. Relations in the 21st Century," American Review of Canadian Studies 43:4 (December 2013), 494-511.

"In Pursuit of Leverage: The evolution of Canadian trade and investment policies in an increasingly multipolar world," Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 18:1 (March 2012), 106-19.

"Politics, People and Passports: Contesting Security, Travel and Trade on the US-Canadian Border," Geopolitics 16:1 (2011): 27-69.

"'In the Pipeline' or 'Over a Barrel'? Assessing Canadian Efforts to Manage U.S.-Canadian Energy Interdependence," Canadian American Public Policy 76, May 2011.

"The Dog That Hasn't Barked: The Political Economy of Contemporary Debates on Canadian Foreign Investment Policies," Canadian Journal of Political Science 41:3 (September 2008): 719-47.

Selected Book Chapters:

"Emergency Management in Alberta: A Study in Multi-Level Governance," in Multilevel Governance and Canadian Emergency Management Policy, ed. Daniel Henstra (Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013), 134-89.

"Towards a Perimeter: Incremental Adaptation or a New Paradigm in Canada-US Security and Trade Relations," in How Ottawa Spends: 2012-13, eds. G. Bruce Doern and Christopher Stoney (Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012), 106-23.

"Canadian Federalism and North American Integration: Managing multi-level games," in State of the Federation, eds. M. Behiels and F. Rocher (Ottawa: Invenire Books, 2011), 239-67.

"Canada and Congress: Nobody's Partner," in Forgotten Partnership Redux: Canada-US Relations in the 21st Century, eds. G. Anderson and C. Sands (Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2011), 269-301.

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Research Interests

Dr. Hale's principal research interests are public policy, particularly Canada-U.S. relations, fiscal and tax policies, the political economy of trade and investment policies, North American integration, and border management and security.

His current research activity involves updating his book on the political economy of business and government in Canada, and participation in a multi-disciplinary SSHRC-funded research project, BORDERS IN GLOBALIZATION examining the political economy of border and cross-border policies in Canada.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Good Public Policy in Municipalities, Emergency Management in Alberta AB Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), $17,000, 2005-08.

Robert Young, UWO (national ppm study) Judith Garber, University of Alberta (Alberta PPM study); Geoffrey Hale, University of Lethbridge (Alberta EM study)

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
Influencing American Policies Towards Canada (North American integration Canada-US relations) Canada-US Fulbright Program 2005-06
Federal and provincial fiscal policies 2006
Fiscal federalism 2006

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