Patrick Smith


B.A. (Hons) (McMaster University)
M.A. (McMaster University)
Ph.D. (London School of Economics)


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Patrick Smith is Professor and current Director of the Institute of Governance Studies. His research interests include public policy and administration, local and metropolitan governance, global cities, political parties and elections, electoral reform, local democracy, Canadian and BC Government/Politics, federalism and constitutional reform. He is currently engaged in research on comparative urban and regional/metropolitan governance, subnational (city/province-state) global policy making, Cascadia, aboriginal policy, political parties, voters and recent Canadian elections: federal, provincial, and local.

He is co-author of Local Government in Canada (2013 and 2016), The Rise of Cities and a dozen other books.