Electing a Mega-Mayor: Toronto 2014

By R. Michael McGregor, Aaron A. Moore, and Laura B. Stephenson

© 2021

Electing a Mega-Mayor represents the first ever comprehensive, survey-based examination of a Canadian mayoral race, and provides a unique and 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 Toronto 2014 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.

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This book offers a thorough account of the attitudes and behaviour of electors towards the 2014 Toronto Mayoral Election.

Electing a Mega-Mayor: Toronto 2014

By R. Michael McGregor, Aaron A. Moore, and Laura B. Stephenson

© 2021

Electing a Mega-Mayor represents the first ever comprehensive, survey-based examination of a Canadian mayoral race, and provides a unique and 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 Toronto 2014 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.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    R. Michael McGregor is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.


    Aaron A. Moore is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg.


    Laura B. Stephenson is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario.
  • Table of contents

    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 

    Epilogue
    Appendix I: Survey Questions 
    Notes 
    References

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