Jack Lucas



I am currently involved in two main research projects, both of which are related in some way to the study of urban democracy and urban political institutions in Canada. My primary research project is focused on the long-term evolution of urban democratic institutions in the western Canadian cities of Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. The project examines the coalitions involved in episodes of major democratic reform in each city -- such as changes to the voting franchise, electoral systems, electoral districts, and political parties -- and seeks to draw from these episodes a new interpretation of the long-term development of urban political authority in Canada. This project is supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

I am also very pleased to be a member of the Canadian Municipal Election Study, led by Michael McGregor at Ryerson University. This project is a comparative study of municipal elections and political behaviour in eight large Canadian cities in 2017 and 2018. In addition to research papers in progress on school board elections, incumbency, and economic voting in Canadian municipalities, I am co-editing a book on Canadian city elections with Michael McGregor as part of this project. This research is supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant.

In addition to the projects above, I am also involved in the early stages of two other research projects. To understand patterns of urban representation and urban policy attention in Canada, I am working with Zack Taylor (Western University) on a project to code urban and rural ridings at the federal level in Canada from 1867 to the present. I am also working with Alison Smith (University of Toronto) to understand how municipal politicians and senior staff understand multilevel governance across policy domains in Canada.



Lucas, Jack. 2016. Fields of Authority: Special Purpose Governance in Ontario, 1815-2015. University of Toronto Press. [Data, Tables, and Figures]

Refereed Articles and Chapters

Lucas, Jack and Anthony Sayers. Forthcoming. "Accountability, Responsiveness, and the Local Political Career in Calgary and Edmonton." In Accountability and Responsiveness at the Municipal Level: Views from Canada, edited by Sandra Breux and Jerome Couture (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press).

Lucas, Jack. 2018. "Toward Delegation: Social Policy Centralization in Toronto, 1870-1929". Journal of Policy History. 30 (2): 272-300.

Lucas, Jack and Robert Vipond. 2017. "Back to the Future: Historical Political Science and the Promise of Canadian Political Development". Canadian Journal of Political Science 50 (1): 219-241.

Lucas, Jack. 2017. "Urban Governance and the American Political Development Approach". Urban Affairs Review 53(2): 338-361. [Backgrounders and Data]

Lucas, Jack. 2017. "Patterns of Urban Governance: A Sequence Analysis of Long-Term Institutional Change in Six Canadian Cities". Journal of Urban Affairs 39 (1): 68-90.[Backgrounders, Data & Replication Files]

Goodman, Nicole and Jack Lucas. 2016. "The Policy Priorities of Municipal Candidates in the 2014 Ontario Elections". Canadian Journal of Urban Research. 25(2): 35-47.

Lucas, Jack. 2015. "Local Governance and the Local Political Career in Canada: A Sample Dataset". Canadian Public Administration. 58 (4).[Data & Replication Files]

Lucas, Jack. 2015. "How Ontario Hydro Went Local: Creating the Central Ontario System and Rural Power Districts." Scientia Canadensis. 37 (1): 59-76.

Lucas, Jack. 2013. "A Century of Political Science in Canada." Journal of Canadian Studies 47 (2): 89-118.

Lucas, Jack. 2013. "Berlin, Ontario in the Age of the ABC." Urban History Review 41 (2): 19-42.

Other Publications

Sayers, Anthony and Jack Lucas. 2017. "Policy Responsiveness and Political Accountability in City Politics". SPP Research Papers. 10 (4): 1-23.

Lucas, Jack. 2015. "Did Allen Huber Punch Louis Breithaupt in the Nose?". Waterloo Historical Society Annual Volume. 102: 77-84.

Lucas, Jack. 2015. "How Things Change: Adventures in Unreconstructed Institutionalism". Public Sector Management. 26(1): 24-25.

Lucas, Jack. 2013. "Hidden in Plain View: Local Agencies, Boards, and Commissions in Canada". IMFG Perspectives 4: 1-7.