Brady, Alexander

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(1895 - 1985)
Political Economy

BA University of Toronto 1919

BA Oxford 1921

MA University of Toronto 1924

PhD University of Toronto 1926


President, Canadian Political Science Association 1953 - 1954

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Innis-Gérin Medal (RSC)

From RSC Innis-Gérin Medal citation (1969):

“The Innis-Gérin Medal is intended to recognize "a distinguished and sustained contribution to the literature of the social sciences." It would be difficult to find a Canadian scholar who meets this specification more completely than the person I now present to you. As anyone who has spoken with him would know, Alexander Brady was born in Kilkenny; he is, nevertheless, a son of the University of Toronto. After further studies at Balliol College, Oxford, and three years spent in teaching at Wesley College, Winnipeg, he returned to Toronto in 1924 as a member of the university's Department of Political Economy; and in that department he still remains, as emeritus professor and until recently as special lecturer.To catalogue his writings fully would take half the evening, but I may at least mention his books. The first was a short biography of a fellow Irish-Canadian, Thomas D'Arcy McGee, published in 1925. Three years later he produced William Huskisson and Liberal Reform, an important contribution both to economic and imperial history. His rising reputation was reflected in his being invited to write the volume on Canada in the Modern World series edited by H. A. L. Fisher, which appeared in 1932. In 1947 he published a distinguished comparative study of governments in the Commonwealth under the title Democracy in the Dominion - a book that has passed through three editions. In addition to all this, he has been a prolific and always learned contributor to co-operative works and scholarly journals on Canadian and Commonwealth institutions, administration and politics, and a variety of other subjects. He has done his part to raise the standard of scholarship in the social sciences by organization as well as by example, very notably by his activity as chairman of the Research Committee of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs. He was elected to Section II of the Royal Society of Canada in 1938. Mr. President, it is an honour and pleasure to present to you, for the award of the Innis-Gérin Medal for 1969, Dr. Alexander Brady.”


Democracy in the Dominions. A Comparative Study of Institutions. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1947.