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Patrice Dutil

Professor, Coordinator, Certificate in Public Administration and Leadership
EducationPhD (History): York (Can.)
Phone(416) 979-5000 x 552704

Spoken Languages

English, French


Patrice Dutil is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration. Dutil joined TMU in 2006 following 19 years of work in various parts of the public service and non-profit sector. He is the author, co-author or editor of ten books and of dozens of scholarly articles in refereed publications. He is a frequent commentator on public affairs on radio and television in Toronto and in the national media. He is a Senior Fellow in the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto as well as at the Macdonald-Laurier InstituteIn 2013-14 he was a visiting scholar at Massey College (University of Toronto) and visiting professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He was a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston University in the fall of 2018. He holds a PhD from York University, an M es Arts from the Université de Montréal, and a BA (Hon.) from York University.

View Dr. Dutil's website (external link) .

His podcast "Witness to Yesterday" focuses on  podcasts (external link) , on contemporary and historical topics. French versions, "Témoin d'hier", can also be found at en français (external link) .

(since 2013)

[see "Book Chapters" section (below) for chapters authored and co-authored]

  • The Unexpected Louis St-Laurent: Politics and Policies for a Modern Canada (ed). The C.D. Howe Series in Canadian Political History.  Vancouver: UBC Press, 2020.
  • Embattled Nation: Canada’s Wartime Election of 1917 (with David MacKenzie).  Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2017.
  • Prime Ministerial Power in Canada: Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier and Borden.  Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017.
    • Reviewed by J.P. Lewis, Canadian Journal of Political Science 51:3 (September 2018): 717-19.
  • Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies (co-edited with Roger Hall). Toronto: Dundurn, 2014.

Articles (Refereed Publications):

  • “Leadership on the Run: Time Management Among Deputy Ministers in Canada” (with Andrea Riccardo Migone).  International Journal of Public Leadership, 27 May 2021. (external link) 
  • "The Changing and Enduring Priorities of Deputy Ministers Through the IPAC Survey" (with Andrea Migone). Canadian Public Administration 64:1 (March 2021): 122-142.
  • "Taxing the tempted: Personal addictions, sustainable revenues and the public good" (with Malcolm G Bird and Christopher Stoney). Canadian Public Administration 62:4 (December 2019): 527-557.
  • "Policy Adrift: Canadian Crown Corporations in the 21st Century" (with Luc Bernier and Taieb Hafsi).  Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics  89:3 (2018): 459-474.
  • “Searching for Strategy: Value for Money Audit Choice in the New Public Management Era” (with Sana Adi) Canadian Public Administration 61:1 (March 2018): 91-108.
  • “Regulation Governance in the Digital Era: A New Research Agenda” (with Julie Williams). Canadian Public Administration 60:4 (December 2017): 562-580.
  • "Crowdsourcing as a new instrument in the government's arsenal: Explorations and considerations." Canadian Public Administration 58:3 (September 2015): 363-383.
  • “Paths, Precedents, Parallels and Pendulums: The uses of the Past in Public Policy and Administration.” Canadian Public Administration 57:3 (September 2014):  419-435.
  • “Experiential Learning in the Constituency Office: Educational Innovation at Ryerson University.” Canadian Parliamentary Review 37:2 (Summer 2014): 20-24.
  • “The Bonds of Institutional Language: A Discursive Institutionalism Approach to the Clerk of the Privy Council’s Annual Report” (with Peter Ryan). Canadian Public Administration 56:1 (March 2013): 26-46.
    • This article won the Hodgetts Award for Best Article Published in Canadian Public Administration in 2013.
  • “The Office of Premier of Ontario, 1945-2010: Who Really Advises?” (with Peter Constantinou) Canadian Parliamentary Review 36:1 (Spring 2013): 43-50.

Articles (Non-Refereed Publications):

Book Chapters:

  • "Cementing Nordicities: The Cultural Policy of the Northern Territory." In Cultural Policy: Origins, Evolution and Implementation in Canada's Provinces and Territories, ed. Diane St-Pierre and Monica Gattinger, 533-574.  Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2021.
  • "St-Laurent in Government: Realism and Idealism in Action." InThe Unexpected Louis St-Laurent: Politics and Policies for a Modern Canada, ed. Patrice Dutil, 23-54. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2020.
  • "In Search of the St-Laurent Voting Coalition." InThe Unexpected Louis St-Laurent: Politics and Policies for a Modern Canada, ed. Patrice Dutil, 356-382. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2020.
  • "Winning Words: Party Platforms in the 1949, 1953, and 1957 Elections" (with Peter M. Ryan). InThe Unexpected Louis St-Laurent: Politics and Policies for a Modern Canada, ed. Patrice Dutil, 383-411. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2020.
  • "‘Way Out on a Limb’: A Revisitation of the Trudeau Government’s Management of the Nixon Shock.” In Trade-Offs: The History of Canada-US Trade Negotiations, ed. Mark S. Bonham, 125-146. Toronto: Canadian Business History Association, 2019.
  • "The Origins of Reciprocity Revisited: Canadian-American Rapprochement in the Era of Laurier and Taft" (with David MacKenzie). In Trade-Offs: The History of Canada-US Trade Negotiations, ed. Mark S. Bonham, 61-82. Toronto: Canadian Business History Association, 2019.
  • “Anchors, Followers, and Mavericks: The Permanent Campaign’s Effects on the Canadian Federal Budget Speeches, 1978-2017” (with Peter M. Ryan).  In How Ottawa Spends 2018-19: Next? (external link)  ed. Katherine A. H. Graham and Allan M. Maslove, 9-40.  Ottawa: Carleton University, School of Public Policy and Administration, 2018.
  • “Infrastructure Ontario: The Agencification of Public Works in a Canadian Province.” In Public Enterprises Today: Missions, Performance and Governance – Learning from Fifteen Cases [Les entreprises publiques aujourd’hui : missions, performance, gouvernance - Leçons de quinze études de cas], ed. Luc Bernier, 303-334. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2015.
  • “The Institutionalization of Foreign Affairs (1909-2013).” In Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas, 3rd ed., ed. Duane Bratt and Christopher Kukucha, 239-58. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • “A Macdonald for our Time”(with Roger Hall). In Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies, ed. Patrice Dutil and Roger Hall, 13-24. Toronto: Dundurn, 2014.
  • “Macdonald, his 'Ottawa Men' and the Consolidation of Prime Ministerial Power (1867-1873).” In Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies, ed. Patrice Dutil and Roger Hall, 282-311. Toronto: Dundurn, 2014.
  • “A Legacy Lost: Macdonald in the Memory of his Successors” (with Sean Conway). In Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies, ed. Patrice Dutil and Roger Hall, 379-405. Toronto: Dundurn, 2014.

(As editor of the IPAC Series in Public Administration and Governance at the University of Toronto Press)

  • Donna Wood. Federalism in Action: The Devolution of Canada's Public Employment Service, 1995-2015.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018. 
  • John Hilliker, Mary Halloran, Greg Donaghy. Canada's Department of External Affairs, Vol. 3: Innovation and Adaptation, 1968-1984. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.
  • Jack Lucas. Fields of Authority: Special Purpose Governance, 1815-2015. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.
  • Christopher Alcantara and Jen Nelles. A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous-Local Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.
  • Jonathan Craft. Backrooms and Beyond: Partisan Advisers and the Politics of Policy Work in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.
  • Peter Elsen, ed. Funding Policies and the Non-Profit Sector in Western Canada: Evolving Relationships in a Changing Environment. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.
  • David Siegel. Leaders in the Shadows: The Leadership Qualities of Municipal Chief Administrative Officers. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.
  • David A. Good. The Politics of Public Money, 2nd ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2014.
  • Charles Conteh and Bob Segsworth, ed. Governance in Northern Ontario. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
  • David Zussman. Off and Running: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Government Transitions in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
  • Jacques Bourgault and Christopher Dunn, ed. Deputy Ministers in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
  • Gregory J. Inwood and Carolyn Johns, ed. Commissions of Inquiry and Policy in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.


  • Review of Provincial Battles, National Prize? Elections in a Federal State by Laura Stephenson, Andrea Lawlor, William P. Cross, André Blais and Elisabeth Gidengil (Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019): 224 pp. Canadian Journal of Urban Research (external link)  29:2 (Winter 2020): 116-117.
  • "Historical Friction: On the Teaching of Yesteryear." Review of Transforming the Canadian History Classroom by Samantha Cutrara (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2020). The Literary Review of Canada (external link) , April 2021.
  • " (PDF file) Leaving Honourable Victories Behind (external link) ." Review of The Fight for History: 75 Years of Forgetting, Remembering, and Remaking Canada’s Second World War by Tim Cook (Toronto: Penguin Random House, 2020): 512pp. The Fife and Drum 24:3 (October 2020).
  • "Dear Mr. Prime Minister: When McLuhan Wrote Trudeau. (external link) " Review of Been Hoping We Might Meet Again: The Letters of Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Marshall McLuhan ed. Elaine Kahn (Toronto: Novalis, 2019): 176 pp. Literary Review of Canada (Jan-Feb 2020).
  • "King: Supreme Realist." Review essay inspired by Mackenzie King in the Age of Dictators: Canada's Imperial and Foreign Policies by Roy MacLaren (Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2019): 336 pp. and Four Days in Hitler’s Germany: Mackenzie King’s Mission to Avert a Second World War by Robert Teigrob (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019): 302 pp. The Dorchester Review 9:2 (Autumn/Winter 2019): 3-8.
  • "Moncton’s Disconnected Oracle." Review of Democracy in Canada: The Disintegration of Our Institutions by Donald J. Savoie (Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2019): 504 pp. The Dorchester Review 9:2 (Autumn/Winter 2019):
  • Review of Snacks: A Canadian Food History by Janis Thiessen (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2017): 344 pp. Canadian Business History Association Book Reviews (external link, opens in new window)  (March 2019).
  • Review of Representation in Action: Canadian MPs in the Constituencies by Royce Koop, Heather Bastedo and Kelly Blidook (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018): 235 pp.  Canadian Parliamentary Review 41:2 (2018): 37-38.
  • Review of At the Centre of Government: The Prime Minister and the Limits on Political Power by Ian Brodie (Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2018): 205 pp. Canadian Public Administration 
  • Review of Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867–1917 by E.A. Heaman (Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2017): 582 pp.  Canadian Journal of Political Science 51:3 (September 2018): 711-12.
  • “Why Trudeau Abandoned Electoral Reform: The Case Against Change.”  Review of Should We Change How We Vote? Evaluating Canada’s Electoral System, ed. Andrew Potter, Daniel Weinstock and Peter Loewen (Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017), 230 pp. Literary Review of Canada (external link)  25:4 (May 2017): 9-10.
  • Review of Reforming the Public Sector: How to Achieve Better Transparency, Service and Leadership, ed. Giovanni Tria and Giovanni Valotti (Washington, DC: Brookings Institute, 2012) 311 pp. Canadian Public Administration 56:2 (June 2013): 361-363.

Research Papers:


Encyclopedia Entries:

  • Godfroy Langlois.” Dictionnaire des intellectuels Québécoised. Michel Lacroix, Yvan Lamonde, Collectif, Marie-Andrée Bergeron, Jonathan Livernois.  Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2017.

Patrice Dutil’s main research interests are political and public sector leadership, the process of political development, and the study of elections. He writes about a wide range of issues in the policy development process both from a historical and contemporary standpoint.

Patrice Dutil sits on the editorial committee of the International Review of Administrative Sciences, as well as the editorial board of Canadian Public Administration.  He was president of the Champlain Society (external link)  from 2011 to 2017, and continues to be heavily involved in a number of civic and scholarly organizations.