LISPOP’s Dr. Zac Spicer appears in an Oct. 29, 2014, article of the Waterloo Region Record article regarding voter turnout in municipal elections.
LISPOP associate, Dr. Simon Kiss, interviewed by CBC News Toronto on the impact of political endorsements.
LISPOP associate Barry Kay interviewed by Luisa D’Amato in a column published Oct. 2, 2014, in the Waterloo Region Record, regarding carbon taxes.
Published Sept. 16, 2014, in BBC.
Ailsa Henderson is interviewed by the BBC in to the Sept. 18 referendum on independence in Scotland and how it compares to Quebec.
LISPOP associate Kimberley Ellis Hale is interviewed in CBC article covering part-time university teachers.
LISPOP director, Andrea Perrella, is featured in a Research Matter’s “Curiosity Shop” about voting. In it, Dr. Perrella answers the question: Why don’t young people vote. You can view the video here.
There appears to be increased interest in municipal politics. This is possibly due to a combination of Rob Ford’s antics as well as the coming Ontario-wide municipal elections. But it may also be due to some recognition that a lot of politics is now taking place at the municipal level.
Opinion-Policy Nexus has posted blog entries that cover various topics related to municipal politics. Here is a summary of the most recent:
- Dr. Zachary Spicer, a post-doc at the University of Toronto, sheds light on homeowners as a particular segment of the electorate that is more likely to vote in local elections, and thus, more likely to weigh heavy on decisions made at the municipal level.
- Dr. Robert Williams, Professor Emeritus at University of Waterloo, provides some commentary on electoral reform at the municipal level.
- Dr. Christopher Alcantara, an associate professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of LISPOP, was interviewed by CBC Radio on the role of municipal-level political parties and the specific (and contentious) topic of Light Rail Transit for Waterloo Region.
Interest may abate after the municipal elections, but there are reasons to believe otherwise. Over several decades, municipalities have acquired more and more responsibilities. Naturally, more and more researchers, students and commentators, not to mention voters, follow with greater awareness of the impact municipalities have on people’s lives. Also, municipalities are now more closely tied concrete issues that have typically animated “higher level” politics, such as employment and taxes. All of this suggests local politics will play a larger part in our general political discourse.