Kate Puddister (Assistant Professor)
Degree & Discipline:
Doctorate of Philosophy, Political Science
Degree & Discipline:
Master of Arts, Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy
Law and politics, Canadian politics, criminal justice policy
Professor Puddister’s work assesses the intersection of law and politics, the interaction between political actors and the judiciary, and the judicialization of politics. More specifically, her work looks at the litigation behaviour of governments and instances where political actors rely on courts to make political and normative decisions. This work focuses on how judicial review can benefit elected officials, why political actors empower courts, and how litigation can be a viable political strategy. This research addresses the implications of this political actor—court relationship for democratic governance and judicial independence. Professor Puddister has also published work on Canadian politics and on police oversight, accountability, and the RCMP’s Mr. Big investigative technique.
Professor Puddister’s current work involves a comprehensive and strategic analysis of reference cases in Canadian appellate courts and government use of the reference power. This work analyzes how litigation can be used by political actors as a means to delegate decision-making and as a political strategy. This project documents multiple trends related to the use of constitutional reference questions over time, and the political and legal implications of abstract review in Canada.
Professor Puddister is interested in a wide range of issues related to courts, law and politics, comparative judicial politics, and criminal justice policy.
Other Research Outputs :
Kelly, James B. and Kate Puddister. 2017. “Criminal Justice Policy During the Harper Era: Private Members’ Bills, Penal Populism, and the Criminal Code of Canada,” Canadian Journal of Law and Society. 1-25.
Puddister, Kate and James B. Kelly. 2017. “With or Without You: The Conservatives and Québec,” The Blueprint: Conservative Parties and Their Impact on Canadian Politics, Joanna Everitt and JP Lewis editors, (University of Toronto Press).
Puddister, Kate. 2016. “’The Most Radical Amendment of All’: the Power to Secede and the Secession Reference,” Constitutional Amendment in Canada, Emmett Macfarlane editor (University of Toronto Press).
Puddister, Kate and James B. Kelly. 2014. “Judicialization of (Past) Politics: The Cameron Inquiry and the Green Commission,” in First Among Unequals: The Premier, Politics and Policy in Newfoundland and Labrador, Alex Marland and Mathew Kerby editors, McGill-Queens University Press
Puddister, Kate and Troy Riddell. 2012. “The RCMP’s ‘Mr. Big’ Undercover Investigation Technique: A Case Study of Police Independence, Accountability and Oversight,” Canadian Journal of Public Administration 55:3, 385-409.
Puddister, Kate. 2014. “Ghost Dancing with Colonialism,” Review of Ghost Dancing with Colonialism: Decolonization and Indigenous Rights at the Supreme Court of Canada by Grace Li Xiu Woo, Law and Politics Book Review 24:2, 63-65.
Puddister, Kate. Forthcoming. “Protecting Against Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Section 12 of the Charter and Mandatory Minimum Sentences.” Policy Change, Courts and the Canadian Constitution, Emmett Macfarlane ed. University of Toronto Press
Snow, Dave and Kate Puddister. Forthcoming. “Closing a Door but Opening a Policy Window: Legislating Assisted Dying in Canada.” Policy Change, Courts and the Canadian Constitution, Emmett Macfarlane ed. University of Toronto Press
Puddister, Kate. Forthcoming. Seeking the Court's Advice: The Politics of the Canadian Reference Power. UBC Press.