Populism is often viewed as a national-level phenomenon that pits a declining periphery against a cosmopolitan, economically successful metropolis. In a January 2019 paper published in the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Dan Silver, Fernando Calderón-Figueroa and reveal the potential for the emergence of populist politics within the metropolis through an analysis of Rob Ford’s 2010 campaign and mayoralty in Toronto.
The City of Toronto is dangerously addicted to its land transfer tax. My proposal: redirect it to fund the capital budget.
I appeared on the October 17th, 2018 edition of TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin on October 17, discussing whether cities need more powers with Globe and Mail international correspondent Doug Saunders and Enid Slack, Director of the University of Toronto’s Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. Click here, or on the video above, to watch.
In a recent article in Inroads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion called “Ontario’s ‘Places That Don’t Matter’ Send a Message: The Fault Lines Dividing the Province are Getting Deeper”, I argue that the long-term changes in Ontario’s economy are driving political polarization on rural, small urban, and metropolitan lines.
In a recent article in the journal Planning Theory, I draw on the work of Scharpf and Schmidt to outline how institutional design shapes the legitimacy of planning institutions.
Using Canadian census data for neighbourhood change research is hard because tract boundaries change. Jeff Allen and I decided to fix it. This article in the journal Canadian Geographer describes our method.
Do campaign finance and other rules that govern elections level the playing field? My analysis of the 2014 City of Toronto ward elections, published in the journal Urban Affairs Review, suggests not much.
On Nov. 14, 2013 I appeared on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin to talk about Toronto’s distinctive electoral geography—the city-suburb divide.
The relationship between cities and the state and provincial governments that empower them differs between Canada and the United States. In this piece, published in the International Journal of Canadian Studies, I argue that this is the result of divergent processes of incremental institutional change beginning in the early 19th century.
The concept of planning culture has become a popular way of explaining national differences in urban planning practice and development outcomes. In this piece in Town Planning Review, I argue that an historical institutionalist analysis is a more helpful basis for comparative planning research.