Dr Robert MacNeil
PhD University of Ottawa
BA, MA York University
+61 2 9351 5081
Office hours: Thursdays 10:30 – 12:30, or by appointment (during semester only)
Robert joined the Department of Government and International Relations in January 2013, prior to which he was a Visiting Fulbright Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses broadly on the intersection of environmental politics and neoliberal governance.
Robert is currently working on three major research projects. The first looks at the economic, political, and cultural death and rebirth of energy systems in capitalist societies through competing Marxist and Schumpeterian conceptions of creative destruction. The second looks at the growing role of military-based alternative energy R&D in several states as a proxy for traditional industrial policy. Finally, the third is a long-term grounded theory project aimed at understanding the nature of the independency between market liberalism and social conservatism across much of the Western world.
- Environmental Politics
- Comparative Politics
- International Relations
- American Politics
- Canadian Politics
- Environmental politics
- Climate change
- Energy politics
- State theory
- State-market relations
- US/Canadian politics
- Critical theory
Peer Reviewed Journals
MacNeil, R, (forthcoming 2013), “What I Saw in Ottawa: Canadian Environmental Policy Under Conservative Majority Rule,” Environmental Politics.
MacNeil, R, 2013, “Alternative Climate Policy Pathways in the US: How to Build a National Carbon Market in America,” Climate Policy, vol. 13, no. 2.
MacNeil, R, 2013, “Seeding an Energy Technology Revolution in the United States: Re-conceptualizing the Nature of Innovation in ‘Liberal Market Economies,’” New Political Economy, vol. 18, no. 1.
MacNeil, R, and Paterson, M, 2012, “Neoliberal Climate Policy: From Market Festishism to the Developmental State,” Environmental Politics, vol. 21, no. 2.
MacNeil, R, 2011, “Greenhouse Governance: Addressing Climate Change in America,” Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, vol. 13, no. 4.
MacNeil, R, 2011, “Economic Thought and US Climate Change Policy,” Environment and Planning C: Government & Policy, vol. 29, no. 5
MacNeil, R, “The Rise and Fall of the Canadian Green State: Rethinking the Role of an Environmental Regulatory Apparatus in a Neoliberalized Staple-Resource Economy,” Studies in Political Economy (under review).
MacNeil, R, “Camouflage is the New Green: The Pentagon as America’s Most Plausible Hope for Addressing Climate Change,” Politics & Society (under review).
MacNeil, R, “In Modest Praise of Green Warriors,” Foreign Policy (under review).
MacNeil, R, (2013 forthcoming), “Climate Policy, Energy Technologies, and the American Developmental State,” in John Mikler and Neil Harrison (eds.), Institutions for Climate Innovation: Liberal Capitalism and the National Capacity to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Palgrave.
MacNeil, R, “True Love: On the Historical Coalescence of Market Liberalism and Social Conservatism in Five Western Countries”.
Selected Conference Papers
MacNeil, R, “Canadian Climate Policy as Organized Crime: The Rise of Resource-Neoliberalism,” 54th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, April, 2013.
MacNeil, R, “The Political Innovation of Renewable Energy: Towards an Understanding of State-led Creative Destruction,” 54th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, April, 2013.
MacNeil, R, “The Case of the United States: Outlier or Archetype of the Neoliberal Development Model?”, Book project workshop, 53rd Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Diego, CA, April, 2012
MacNeil, R, “Neoliberal Climate Policy: From Market Festishism to Developmental State”, Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April, 2011
MacNeil, R, “Varieties of Neoliberalisms, Varieties of Approaches”, 8th Annual Political Science Graduate Student Research Conference, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, April 2011
MacNeil, R, “Socializing Crisis in an Era of State Retrenchment: The Case of Climate Policy”, 4th Annual Great Lakes Conference in Political Economy, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, March 2010
MacNeil, R, “Re-conceptualizing the ‘Public’ and ‘Private’ in Responses to Climate Change”, 51st Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, February, 2010
MacNeil, R, “Towards Understanding America’s Emergent Eco-Industrial Complex”, 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, New York, NY, February, 2009
MacNeil, R, “It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Hubris: American Climate Policy and the Green Backlash”, 16th Annual Conference of the York Centre for International and Security Studies, York University, Toronto, ON, February, 2009
MacNeil, R, “And What if there was No Environmental State? Critical Reflections on Capitalism’s Second Contradiction”, Conference on Openness and Sustainability, Lund University, Helsingborg, Sweden, June, 2008