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Hudson Meadwell

Associate Professor

PhD, Duke University

hudson [dot] meadwell [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Research interests

  • Comparative Politics
  • European Politics
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Political Economy
  • Rational Choice Theory

Selected publications


Rationality and the Social Sciences: Promise, Limits, Problems. (Rutgers, N.J.: Transaction Books, 2004) co-edited with Axel van den Berg

Politics and Rationality (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993) co-edited with James Booth and Patrick James.

Articles and chapters

“Institutions and Political Rationality” in André Lecours ed. New Institutionalism: Theory and Practice (University of Toronto Press, 2005) pp. 80-97.

“Republicanism and Political Communities in Europe and America” In P. Kitromilides (ed.) From Republican Polity to National Community: Reconsiderations of Enlightenment Political Thought, in Studies on Voltaire in the Eighteenth Century. (Oxford and Paris, Voltaire Foundation, 2003), pp. 229-247.

“The Long Nineteenth Century in Europe: Reinterpreting the Concert System”, Review of International Studies 27 (December, 2001), pp.843-867. Reprinted in Michael Cox, Tim Dunne and Ken Booth (eds.) Empires, Systems and States: Great Transformations in International Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).

“La théorie du choix rationnel et ses critiques”, Sociologie et sociétés (2003), pp. 117-124.

“Is a ‘True’ Multinational Federation the Cure for Our Ills?” In Patrick James, Donald Abelson and Michael Lusztig (eds.) The Myth of the Sacred: The Court and Constitutional Politics in Canada ( Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2002), pp. 219-238.

“The Political Economy of Tariffs in Late 19th Century Europe: Reconsidering Republican France", Theory and Society 31 (2002), pp. 623-651.

“The Future of Québec”, Scottish Affairs Special Issue (2001), pp. 54-64.

“When Voice Encourages Exit.” In Keith Archer and Lisa Young (eds.) Regionalism and Party Politics in Canada, (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2001), pp. 192-208.

“Institutional Design and State Breaking in North America”, in Frank Harvey, David Carment, and John Stack (eds.), The International Politics of Quebec Secession: State Making and State Breaking in North America. (New York: Praeger, 2001), pp. 11-32.

“Secession, States and International Society”, Review of International Studies , 25 July, 1999), pp. 371-387.

"Stateless Nations and International Order in the Twenty-First Century,". John A. Hall and T.V. Paul (eds.) International Order and the Future of World Politics. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press. 1999.

Works in progress


"The Dynamics of Secession: Spatial Models of Secession-Proofness and Equilibrium Size"

"Explanations Without Causes and Causes Without Reasons"

"The Political Dynamics of Secession and Institutional Accommodation"

"Political Transitions and Political Competition"

"Strategy and Sequence in the Secession of the American South"

"Institutions and Political Rationality"

“Sincerity and Strategy in Games of Secession: Two Puzzles"