PhD, (Political Science) University of Minnesota
MA, (Political Science) University of Minnesota
BA, (Hons) University of New Brunswick
MacMillan teaches courses in the areas of political theory, Canadian politics
and Canadian public policy and administration. Some of his recent course
offerings include Democracy and Deliberation, Social and Political Justice, Human
Rights: Theory and Practice, and Public Affairs and Policy Management.
MacMillan’s areas of research interest include Canadian Politics, Political
Theory and Public Policy. Two of his principle areas of research interest are
human rights and democratic theory. He
has published a number of articles on issues regarding language rights, language
policy and language conflict, culminating in his book, The Practice of
Language Rights in Canada, published in 1998 by the University of
Toronto Press. This book was short-listed for the prestigious Donner Prize, for
the best book in public policy published in that year.. His current
research explores issues in democratic theory and practice, specifically the question
of how to enhance citizen engagement in public decision-making. He has
completed one project on citizen engagement in Nova Scotia regarding the
Heritage Planning public consultation and is currently completing a project on
the Natural Resource Strategy citizen consultation in Nova Scotia.
Citizen Engagement in Heritage Planning: The Views of Citizens.” Canadian Public Administration. 53 (2010): 87-106.
Conscience or Administrative Vanguard?:
The Commissioner of Official Languages as an Agent of Change” Canadian
Public Administration 49 (2, 2006): 161-179.
Activism or Restraint?: The Role of the Highest Courts in Language Policy in Canada
and the United States.” American
Review of Canadian Studies. 33 (2,
2003): 239-260. (with R. Tatalovich)
Language Policy in Canada and the Québec Challenge” in Pierre Larrivee, ed., Linguistic Conflict and Language Laws:
Understanding the Québec Question (Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan
Publishers, 2002): 87-117.
Rights and the Public Service: Political Neutrality Versus the Charter.” Windsor
Yearbook of Access to Justice 9 (1989): 183-209. (with J. Leslie H. Brown)
Versus Political Rights
: A Distinction without a Difference?”
Canadian Journal of Political
19 (June 1986): 283-304.
The following is a link to the presentation of Dr. MacMillan's recent research on the citizen consultation on heritage planning in Nova Scotia. Please click hereto view the presentation.