Blayne Haggart

Graduate Program Director
Associate Professor, Political Science

BA (Carleton)
MA (Toronto)
MA (Carleton-NPSIA)
PhD (Carleton)

Office: Plaza 341
905-688-5550 x3895

After several years working as a professional journalist and economist for the Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Blayne received his PhD from Carleton University. He joined Brock in 2012 in the International Relations subfield. His teaching interests include the political economy of North America, the politics of hockey and Australian Rules football, and the political economy of knowledge and copyright.

Dr. Haggart’s current research focuses on the implications of changing intellectual property rules and the rise in government and commercial surveillance on the global economy, with a particular theoretical focus on the work of Susan Strange.

Area of specialization:

  • International Relations
  • Copyright politics
  • Knowledge governance
  • North American political economy
  • Politics and sports (hockey and Australian Rules football)

Selected recent opinion pieces

“Time to reset Waterfront Toronto’s Smart City public consultations,” The Conversation, July 24, 2019.

“Stop outsourcing the regulation of hate speech to social media,” The Conversation, March 27, 2019 (with Natasha Tusikov). Reprinted by Global News; National Post.

“Make no mistake: The USMCA is an America-first trade deal,” The Conversation, October 28, 2018. Reprinted by National Post, International Business Times, Hamilton Spectator, Niagara This Week, Brampton Guardian,, Guelph Mercury Tribune.

“It’s time for a new way to regulate social media platforms,” The Conversation, January 17, 2019 (with Natasha Tusikov). Reprinted by National Post, Fast Company, London Free Press,

“What Quayside has taught us about smart cities and data governance,” The Conversation, April 2, 2018 (with Zachary Spicer). Reprinted by National Post,

“History shows us Sidney Crosby could have stood up to racial injustice,” The Conversation, October 5, 2017. Reprinted by Maclean’s, HuffPost, Good Magazine, National Post.

  • Books and edited volumes

  • Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World: Understanding Power Structures in the 21st Century. Eds, Blayne Haggart, Kathryn Henne and Natasha Tusikov. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan. 2019.
  • Copyfight: The global politics of digital copyright reform. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
  • Chapters and journal articles

  • “Taking Knowledge Seriously: Towards an International Political Economy Theory of Knowledge Governance,” in Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World. (open access PDF).
  • Introduction,” in Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World (with Kathryn Henne and Natasha Tusikov). (open access PDF).
  • “Conclusion: Looking Back, Looking Forward,” in Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World (with Kathryn Henne and Natasha Tusikov).
  • “New economic models, new forms of state: The rise of the ‘info-imperium state’,” Kritika: Essays on Intellectual Property, Volume 3. Eds. Hanns Ullrich, Peter Drahos, and Gustavo Ghidini. Edward Elgar, 2018.
  • “A double-edged sword? Susan Sell in conversation with Blayne Haggart.” In Technologies of International Relations: Conversations on technology, international theory, continuity and change. Eds. Arolin Kaltofen, Madeline Carr and Michele Acuto. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018.
  • “The Government’s Role in Constructing the Data-driven Economy.” In Data Governance in the Digital Age. Ed. Rohinton P. Medhora. Waterloo: Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2018.
  • “Incorporating the study of knowledge into the IPE mainstream, or, when does a trade agreement stop being a trade agreement?” Journal of Information Policy 7 (2017): 176-203.
  • “Introduction to the Special Issue: Rise of the “Knowledge Structure”: Implications for the Exercise of Power in the Global Political Economy.” Journal of Information Policy 7 (2017): 164-175.
  • “Copyfight: Global Redistribution in the Digital Age,” in Structural Redistribution for Global Democracy, eds. Jan Aart Scholte and Lorenzo Fioramonti. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.
  • “Contradictory Hypocrisy or Complementary Policies?: The Internet Freedom Initiative, US copyright maximalism and the exercise of US structural power in the digital age.” The Information Society 33, 3 (2017): 1-16 (With Michael Jablonski).
  • “Historical Institutionalism in Communication Studies,” Communication Theory, 25, no. 1, 2015, 1-22 (with Sara Bannerman).
  • “The False Friends Problem for Foreign Norm Transplantation in Developing Countries,” Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, 6, no. 2, 2014: 202-229 (with Miranda Forsyth).
  • “Birth of a movement: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and the politicization of Mexican copyright,” Policy & Internet 6, no. 1, 2014: 69-88.
  • “Historical Institutionalism and the Politics of Intellectual Property,” inIntellectual Property for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Approaches, eds. B. Courtney Doagoo, Mistrale Goudreau, Madelaine Saginur and Teresa Scassa, Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014.
  • “Fair Copyright for Canada: Lessons for Online Social Movements from the First Canadian Facebook Uprising,” Canadian Journal of Political Science 46, no. 4, December 2013: 841-861.
  • “International Copyright Treaties and Digital Works: Implementation Issues in Canada and Mexico.” Australian Journal of Communication, 38, no. 3, December 2011: 33-46.
  • “North American Digital Copyright, Regional Governance and the Persistence of Variation,” in Aprehendiendo al delincuente: Crimen y medios en América del norte. Eds. Graciela Martinez-Zalce, Will Straw and Susana Vargas Mexico City: CISAN/UNAM and Media@McGill, 2011.
  • “North American Digital Copyright and the Potential for Variation.” In Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda: From Radical Extremism to Balanced Copyright. Geist, Michael, ed. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2010.