Dr. MacMillan

Professor Emeritus – Retired

PhD, (Political Science) University of Minnesota

MA, (Political Science) University of Minnesota

BA, (Hons) University of New Brunswick



Dr. 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.


Dr. 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.

Selected Publications:

-“Auditing Citizen Engagement in Heritage Planning: The Views of Citizens.” Canadian Public Administration. 53 (2010): 87-106.

-“Active Conscience or Administrative Vanguard?: The Commissioner of Official Languages as an Agent of Change” Canadian Public Administration 49 (2, 2006): 161-179.

-“Judicial 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)

-“Federal 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.

-“Democratic 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)


-“Social Versus Political Rights

: A Distinction without a Difference?”

Canadian Journal of Political Science

19 (June 1986): 283-304.