In July 2013, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awarded
a three-year $56,000 grant to Dr. David McGrane for an independent research
initiative to study contemporary social democracy in Canada.
The ultimate result of the Canadian Social Democracy Study (CSDS) will
be an academic book examining the activity and ideology of the federal
NDP from Jack Layton’s election as leader in 2003 through to the
2015 federal election. The book will be solely authored by Dr. McGrane
and submitted for publication to the University of British Columbia
The second component of the CSDS will be the creation of a network
of academics studying the NDP at both the provincial and federal levels.
Events will be organized to facilitate intellectual exchange among these
scholars and to encourage further research on social democracy in Canada.
Through showcasing the work of these academics, this website provides
resources to citizens, journalists, and students who are interested
Canadian social democracy and the development of the NDP.