Latest Research: Articles, Papers, and Reports


Disaggregating Xi Jinping’s China

March 3, 2021

This report by the Munk School’s Diana Fu and Emile Dirks disaggregates Chinese society by examining the impact of Xi’s rule on China’s rural poor, migrant workers, and ethnic minorities.Today, President Xi Jinping is the most powerful Chinese leader in...

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Women’s Municipal Electoral Performance: An Introduction to the Canadian Municipal Elections Database

March 1, 2021

This research note by Gabriel Eidelman et. al. describes the Canadian Municipal Elections Database (CMED), a new publicly available and actively maintained dataset of more than 24,000 municipal elections in Canada. It describes the need for high-quality election results data...

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The Life, Death, and Legacy of the Toronto Bureau of Municipal Research, 1914-1983

March 1, 2021

The Toronto-based Bureau of Municipal Research published over 800 bulletins and reports on urban issues in Canada between 1914 and 1983. Much has been written about its parent organization, the New York Bureau of Municipal Research. But the history of...

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Economate Video of Stephan Heblich’s paper

February 12, 2021

Stephan Heblich, Alex Trew, and Yanos Zylberberg. 2020  Formerly industrial cities tend to have eastern suburbs that are notably poorer than their western suburbs. Is this partially explained by patterns of atmospheric pollution during the Industrial Revolution? Watch the full...

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Measuring Preferences and Behaviours in the 2019 Canadian Election Study

February 10, 2021

Co-authored by the Munk School’s Peter Loewen, the 2019 Canadian Election Study (CES) consists of two separate surveys with campaign-period rolling cross-sections and post-election follow-ups. The parallel studies were conducted online and through a random-digit-dial (RDD) telephone survey. Both continue...

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Perceptions and Polarization: Measuring the Perception Gap Between Urban and Rural Canadians

February 2, 2021

Political polarization is growing across the globe. In this first report on the urban-rural divide in Canada, Sean Speer teams up with Peter Loewen and the University of Toronto’s Policy, Elections and Representation Lab (PEARL) to explore the theory that...

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An Evaluation of Online Security Guides for Journalists

January 27, 2021

Attacks on journalists and freedom of the press have increased markedly over the past several years around the globe, yet most journalists are not adopting online security practices that could help defend against such attacks. This new report from Citizen...

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A Post-Pandemic Growth Strategy for Canada

January 27, 2021

In this new Ontario 360 report, authors Sean Speer, Drew Fagan, and Luka Glozic examine current economic efforts by Canadian policymakers, how they compare to other jurisdictions, and how to best plan for the post pandemic future. The recent spike...

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Peter Loewen Public Policy Forum Vaccine Skepticism report

January 22, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic was officially declared 10 months ago, in March 2020. For many, this seems like a lifetime ago. The virus has taken a substantial toll, not only in deaths, but also in the costs people around the world...

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Phillip Lipscy: COVID-19 and the Politics of Crisis

January 11, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to refocus scholarly attention on the politics of crisis. Crises that abruptly upend political and economic relations are important and increasing in frequency. However, the division of international relations into international political economy (IPE)...

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