Patrice Dutil

Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

Patrice Dutil is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University in Toronto. He has worked as a government policy advisor, a non-profit organization executive, a television producer, and a magazine editor. He is currently the President of the Champlain Society ( and the editor of Canadian Government Executive magazine. He was the founder and editor (1991-1996) of The Literary Review of Canada. His main research interests are political and public sector leadership, institutionalism, governance, and the policy development process. He has published seven books, and regularly contributes to scholarly journals.

Recent Research by Patrice Dutil

— Oct 20, 2016
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Counting Votes: Essays on Electoral Reform is a new book that finds first-past-the-post is the best electoral system to keep governments accountable, coalition governments (and spending) increase under Proportional Representation, and the Alternative Vote—also known as ranked ballots—would weaken the competitiveness of elections. It also highlights the constitutional requirement—given previous conventions—of a referendum to make any significant change to the way Canadians elect their governments.

— Jun 21, 2016
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The Imperative of a Referendum is the first in a series of essays on electoral reform in Canada—spotlighting the conventions that guide governments seeking to change electorar rules (i.e. first-past-the-post).  The essay also examines whether or not any changes to Canada’s electoral system, without consent from the electorate via referendum, would be constitutional.