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Electing a Mega-Mayor
Toronto 2014
By (author): R. Michael McGregor By (author): Aaron A. Moore By (author): Laura B. Stephenson
R. Michael McGregor , Aaron A. Moore , Laura B. Stephenson


University of Toronto Press



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Paperback , Trade


Higher Education
Jun 18, 2021
$35.95 CAD


9in x 6 x 0.6 in | 300 gr

Page Count:

208 pages


21 figures, 15 b&w tables
University of Toronto Press
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
2022 Heritage Toronto Book Award 2022, Short-listed

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

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.

  • Accessible writing style intended for a broad audience and students at all levels
  • Detailed account of the 2014 mayoral election in Toronto and on the voters’ perceptions and attitudes toward the candidates and policy issues
  • While there are other books written about the politics of Toronto, and on the Ford era, this is the first that focuses on the perspective of the voter

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.

For more information contact
[email protected]

"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)

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