University of Calgary

Rainer Knopff

  • Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


My work ranges broadly across the areas of public law, public policy, and political thought, with a particular focus on Canadian issues. I have published numerous books, articles, and chapters in these areas. For more detailed information, consult my website, linked above. Current work includes a book entitled How Democratic is the Charter, and Does it Matter?, which builds on an article of the same name. Another book project, tentatively entitled Courting Controversy, explores the rhetorical strategies used by courts to manage highly contentious public issues. A somewhat different line of research concerns landuse issues in Alberta, with an emphasis on how policies governing hunting and fishing rights can be adjusted to improve wildlife stewardship and the stability of ecologically significant landscapes. I am also pursuing research on aboriginal hunting and fishing rights.

Areas of Supervision

I supervise graduate students mainly in constitutional law and politics, with an emphasis on Canadian issues but a strong interest in comparative approaches. I also supervise work on selected public policy issues and areas of political thought that mesh with my research interests and agenda.


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