Paul J. Quirk is Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics and Representation at the University of British Columbia. After receiving his Ph.D. at Harvard University (1978), he has taught at several U.S. universities, most recently, the University of Illinois, and has been a research associate at the Brookings Institution. A citizen and lifelong resident of the U.S. until he joined the UBC faculty in 2004, he has written on a wide range of topics in American politics, including Congress, the presidency, presidential elections, public opinion, regulatory politics, and public policymaking. He has published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, and served on the editorial boards of several major journals. His books are Industry Influence in Federal Regulatory Agencies (Princeton University Press, 1981), The Politics of Deregulation (Brookings Institution, 1985), and Deliberative Choices: Debating Public Policy in Congress (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). He is coeditor of The Legislative Branch (Oxford University Press, 2005). His awards include the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration and the Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Achievement Award of the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association. Professor Quirk is active in the U.S. Studies Program at UBC and is currently chair of the U.S. politics area committee in the graduate program.


Rep. Lee Hamilton (co-chair of the Iraq Study Group; vice-chair of the 9/11 Commission) has reviewed Mucciaroni and Quirk’s Deliberative Choices: Debating Public Policy in Congress (2006) for the Indiana University American Democracy Project. “Congressional debates need facts, not spin”

Winter 2018

POLI320B Government and Politics of the United States of America - GOVRT&POLTCS USA Sections

The distinctive political system of the U.S. Covers all major institutions and processes, focusing on contemporary issues. Comparisons with the Canadian system. Sources of political failure and possible reform.

Winter 2018

POLI420B Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics - ADV TPCS CMP PLI Sections

Seminar in comparative analysis of politics in democratic systems. For specific content in a given year, consult the departmental website.

Winter 2018

POLI514B Comparative Western Governments - COMP WEST GOVT Sections