Electing a Mega-Mayor: Toronto 2014
Published: June 2021© 2021
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 208 Pages
Illustrations: 21 figures, 15 b&w tables
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
208 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.60 in, 21 figures, 15 b&w tables
Electing a Mega-Mayor represents the first-ever comprehensive, survey-based examination of a Canadian mayoral race and provides a unique, detailed account of the 2014 mayoral election in Toronto. After making the case that local elections deserve more attention from scholars of political behaviour, this book offers readers an understanding of Toronto politics at the time of the 2014 election and presents relevant background on the major candidates. It considers the importance that Torontonians attached to policy concerns and identifies the bases of support for the outgoing, scandal-ridden mayor, Rob Ford, and his brother Doug.
In the penultimate chapter, the authors examine how Torontonians viewed their elected officials, and the city’s performance, two years after the election. McGregor, Moore, and Stephenson conclude with a reflection on what the analysis of the Toronto 2014 election says about voters in large cities in general and provide a short epilogue addressing the 2018 election results. Written in an accessible style, this is the first book on the politics of Toronto during the Ford era that focuses on the perspective of the voter.
List of Figures
List of Tables
1. The Study of Local Elections
2. The Contenders
3. In the Thick of Things: The 2014 Campaign
4. Policy versus Personality: Correct Voting and the Outcome of the 2014 Toronto Mayoral Election
5. Understanding Ford Nation
6. A New Mayor, a New Dawn for Toronto?
7. Portrait of a Municipal Voter
Appendix I: Survey Questions
"Electing a Mega-Mayor is a landmark book that should be read by anyone interested in Toronto city politics. It is the first book-length, survey-based case study of a municipal election in Canada, and the 2014 election just happened to be one of the most important elections in recent Toronto history."David Siegel, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Brock University
"A robust study that contributes to the development of a more systematic understanding of municipal elections in Canada. The analysis, which provides a detailed and sophisticated look behind the scenes of a particularly distinct election, deftly captures some of the contemporary issues of municipal electoral contests."Sandra Breux, Professor and Director of the Laboratory on Local Elections, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
- Short-listed - 2022 Heritage Toronto Book Award
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