Crawford Brough Macpherson graduated in 1933 from the University of Toronto and in 1935 joined its staff after studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science and taking his M.Sc. (Econ). He was awarded the London D.Sc. (Econ) in 1955, became a Professor of Political Economy at the University of Toronto in 1956 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1958. He spent several periods in English universities and sabbatical leave and on fellowships including being an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.
He contributed to various symposia and his publications include Democracy in Alberta: The Theory and Practice of a Quasi-Party System (1953), The PoliticalTheory of Possessive Individuals: Hobbes to Locke (1962), The Real Wold of Democracy (1966), The Life and Times of Liberal Democracy (1977) and A Past Masters Volume on Burke (1980). He died in 1987.