The Researchers

Royce Koop

Royce Koop is an Associate Professor of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His research focuses on Canadian politics, representation, political parties, local politics and online political communication. He is the author of Grassroots Liberals : Organizing for Local and National Politics (UBC Press, 2011), co-author (with Heather Bastedo and Kelly Blidook) of Representation in Action : Canadian MPs in the Constituencies (UBC Press, 2018) and co-editor (with Amanda Bittner) of Parties, Elections and the Future of Canadian Politics (UBC Press, 2012). His work has also appeared in journals including American Journal of Political Science, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, and Urban Affairs Review. He writes a bi-weekly analysis column for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Kelly Blidook

Kelly Blidook is Associate Professor of Political Science at Memorial University. His research focuses primarily upon Canadian Parliament and representative practices. His most recent co-authored book (with Royce Koop and Heather Bastedo) is Representation in Action: Canadian MPs in the Constituencies (UBC Press, 2018) and he is also the author of Constituency Influence in Parliament: Countering the Centre (UBC Press, 2012). His academic research has appeared in various journals including Canadian Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Legislative Studies, and his political commentary has appeared in the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, and the St. John’s Telegram. He is also co-author (with Christopher Cochrane and Rand Dyck) of the textbook Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches