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Mario Levesque

Mario Levesque
BA, MA Western, PhD McMaster

"The best journeys are not always in straight lines."


I am currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Politics and International Relations at Mount Allison University. Previously, I was a faculty member at the Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and lectured at King's University College in London, Ontario after fulfilling a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. My fellowship was funded through the MCRI Research Project on Multilevel Governance and Public Policy in Canadian Municipalities, a project to which I contributed editorially.

My doctoral work in political science was undertaken at McMaster University. My Major Field was Comparative Public Policy (theories and approaches, public administration) with my Teaching Field being Canadian Politics. I am interested in environmental policy with a particular focus on common pool resources and natural resource extraction policy. My doctoral thesis entitled "Unravelling Nested Institutional Arrangements" examined the effects of nested institutional arrangements on the type, frequency and magnitude of groundwater policy change under different conditions of uncertainty. It was a comparative case study of the Great Lakes basin (Ontario, New York) and the High Plains aquifer (Nebraska) in the U.S. Midwest.

Other research interests include federalism as it relates to social policy, voluntary approaches to regulatory compliance, institutional analysis and horizontal management. Previously, I held a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (Sept. 2006 - Aug. 2008) and a Water Policy Fellowship (2006-2007) from the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.

My previous education includes a BA (Hons) and MA from The University of Western Ontario which focused on Canadian Politics and Public Policy.  I also hold a Diploma in Agricultural Business Management from Centralia College of Agricultural Technology.  Before returning to pursue doctoral studies, I co-owned a business that specialized in Landscape Design and Installation, in particular, alternative landscapes and low maintenance landscapes.  It is here that my interest in politics was cultivated through voluntary service with the Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association where I held various positions including President of the London Chapter. 

Publications & Papers

Recent Publications

Graefe, Peter and Mario Levesque. 2013. “Accountability in Labour Market Policies for Persons with Disabilities.” In Overpromising and Underperforming?: Understanding and Evaluating New Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes, eds. Peter Graefe, Julie Simmons and Linda White. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (Chapter 6)

Levesque, Mario. 2012. “Mapping a way forward: Interest group selection and roles performed in engagement processes.” Canadian Public Administration 55(4): 531-552.

Levesque, Mario. 2012. “Assessing the Ability of Disability Organizations: An Interprovincial Comparative Perspective.” Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research 3(2): 82-103.

Levesque, Mario. 2011. “Build it...if you can!”: Discretion, Building Inspectors and Part 8 of the Ontario’s 2006 Building Code.” Canadian Journal of Urban Research. 20(1): 103-30.

El Dessouky, Naglaa and Mario Levesque. 2011. “Stories from the North to the South: Why some sustainable cities initiatives gain significance and become existing public policies?” Interdisciplinary Themes. 3(1): 69-83.

Graefe, Peter and Mario Levesque. 2010. "Impediments to Innovation in the Canadian Social Union: The Case of the Labour Market Agreements for People with Disabilities." Canadian Public Policy 36(1): 45-62.


I was born in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, was educated in Ontario, returned to the east coast to work in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and recently made my home in Sackville, New Brunswick. I enjoy travelling across Canada and hope to add the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut to my repertoire over the coming years.

I trained with the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture and co-owned a landscape construction business and wholesale nursery with my partner, Marilyn for several years while pursuing my academic credentials. As a horticulturist and arborist, I am most at ease in the outdoors. I spend many hours hiking the trails in the maritimes with Marilyn and our canine companion, Oliver. I play recreational hockey and recently began curling.

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