Concordia University

Patrik Marier, PhD

Professor, Political Science
Research Chair in Aging and Public Policy, Political Science

Office: S-H 1225-61 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5187
Website(s): Research Chair in Aging and Public Policy

Dr. Patrik Marier obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a Concordia University Research Chair in Aging and Public Policy and held a Canada Research Chair in Comparative Public Policy between 2005 and 2015.

Dr. Marier’s research focuses on the impact of aging populations on a number of public policy fields including pensions, healthcare, and labour policy across comparative cases. He is currently completing a book length manuscript on how Canadian provinces are preparing themselves to face the consequences and opportunities of an aging population. Dr. Marier has also written numerous publications on the politics of pension reforms in industrialized countries.

The CURC in Aging and Public Policy seeks to achieve three broad objectives. First, it aims to cement and enhance the development of collaborative research projects in public policy on issues related to aging. Second,the CURC in Aging and Public Policy will facilitate the continuation of and add depth to three major research projects focused on the autonomy of seniors, caregiving and pension policy. Finally, it will develop a speaker series devoted to policy issues surrounding aging and workshops in social gerontology.

Dr. Marier is the Scientific Director of CREGÉS, a university research centre housed at the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal. It is a unique centre devoted to the field of social gerontology that encourages the development of research and innovating practices. The centre has more than 50 members, 33 of which are regular members. This includes university researchers from 11 different disciplines and six Quebec universities (Concordia, Laval, McGill, Université de Montréal, UQAM and UQTR).

Dr. Marier is also responsible for a research pillar in the FRQSC Team Aging, Social Exclusion, and Solidarities (VIES), a collaborator in the Ageing Communication Technologies partnership grant (ACT), a member of CIRANO, and a member of PERFORM. 


PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Research interests

Public Policy; Public Administration; Social Gerontology; Social Policies; Pension Policies; Comparative Public Policy

Research activities

Ongoing Research Grants As Principal Investigator

Concordia OVPRGS(co-director with Meghan Joy, Concordia). The Politics of Social Gerontology inAsian Post-Industrialized Societies ($76 000), 2017-2019.


ANR/FQRSC(co-principal investigator with Lois Trabut, INED). PASOLO: Personnes Âgées et Solidarités Locales, $567000 (partie québécoise$201 000), 2016-2020.


Concordia OVPRGS.Concordia University Research Chair in Aging and Social Policy, $100 000,2015-2020.


FQRSC Soutien aux infrastructures de recherche des Institutset des Centres affiliés universitaires du secteur social (SI) (PrincipalInvestigator – 57 members), Regards sur lavieillesse et le vieillissement: de l'expérience singulière aux enjeuxcollectifs, ($866,957), 2014-2019.


SSHRC (Principal Investigator with Philippe Apparicio,Annette Leibing, and Anne-Marie Séguin, all co-investigators). The Politics of Social Gerontology,($294,352), 2014-2019.




Marier, Patrik (ed.) (2012). Le vieillissement de la population et les politiques publiques : enjeux d’ici et d’ailleurs. Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval;

Marier, Patrik (2008). Pension Politics: Consensus and Social Conflict in Ageing Societies. London: Routledge. 

Peer-reviewed journals

Marier Patrik, and Isabelle Van Pevenage(forthcoming). Three competing interpretations of policy problems: Tame andWicked Problems through the Lenses of Population Aging. Policy& Society. Published online 18 August 2017.

Liang, Jiayin and Patrik Marier (forthcoming). Awaiting Long Term Care Services in a Rapidly Changing Environment: Voices from Older Chinese Adults. Journal of Population Ageing. Published online 23 January 2017.

Marier, Patrik(forthcoming). The Politics of Policy Adoption: A Scandinavian Tale on the Difficulties of Enacting Policy Diffusion or Transfer Across Industrialized Countries. Policy Sciences. Published online:26 Dec 2016.

Marier, Patrik and Marina Revelli* (forthcoming). Compassionate Canadians and Conflictual Americans? Portrayals of Ageism in Liberal and Conservative Media in Canada and the United States. Ageing and Society. Published online: 23 May 2016.

Cooper, Chris* and Patrik Marier (2017). Does it Matter Who Works at the Center? A Comparative Policy Analysis of Executive Styles. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. 19(1): 1-16.

Paterson, Stephanie, Patrik Marier and Felix Chu (2016). Technocracy or Transformation? Mapping Women’s Policy Agencies and Orienting Gender (In) Equality in the Canadian Provinces. Canadian Public Administration,59(3): 405-424.

Marier, Patrik and Isabelle Van Pevenage (2016). The Invisible Women: Gender and Caregiving in Francophone Media. Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations, 18(1): 77-88.

Marier, Patrik (2016). Devine Intervention? Lessons in Systemic Retrenchment from Canada’s Most Generous Welfare State. Regional and Federal Studies, 26(2):221-241.

Marier, Patrik, Stephanie Paterson and Mariel Angus* (2014). From quacks to professionals: the importance of changing social constructions in the policy-making process. Policy Studies, 35(4): 413-433.

Marier, Patrik (2013). How Should We Administer Population Aging? A Canadian Comparison. International Journal of Canadian Studies, 47: 101-122.

Marier, Patrik (2013). A Swedish Welfare State in North America? The Development of the Saskatchewan Welfare State, 1944-1982. Journal of Policy History, 25(4): 614-637.

Marier, Patrik (2013). Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune? Comparing Canada’s and EU’s Expansionary Role in Pensions. Canadian Public Administration,56(2): 322-337.

Marier, Patrik (2012). Squeezing Social Partners to Embrace Reforms: The Case of Private Earnings Related Pension Schemes, Global Social Policy, 12(3):316-331.

Marier, Patrik (2009). The Power of Institutionalized Learning: The Uses and Practices of Commissions to Generate Policy Change, Journal of European Public Policy, 16(8): 1204-1223.

Marier, Patrik and Suzanne Skinner* (2008). The Impact of Gender and Immigration on Pension Outcomes in Canada, Canadian Public Policy, 34(s1):59-78.

Marier, Patrik (2008). The Changing Conception of Pension Rights in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Social Policy and Administration, 42(4): 418-433.

Marier, Patrik (2008). Empowering Epistemic Communities: Specialised politicians, policy experts, and policy reform. West European Politics, 31(3):513-533.

Haverland, Markus and Patrik Marier (2008).Adapting Public Policies for an Aging Society. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis:Research and Practice, 10(1): 1-6.

Marier, Patrik and Jean F. Mayer (2007).Welfare retrenchment as social justice: pension reform in Mexico. Journal of Social Policy, 36(4):585-604.

Marier, Patrik (2007). Affirming,Transforming, or Neglecting Gender? The Politics of Gender in the Pension Reform Process. Social Politics: International Studies inGender, State & Society, 14(2):182-211.

Béland, Daniel and Patrik Marier (2006).The Politics of Protest Avoidance:

Labor Mobilization and Social Policy Reform in France. Mobilization: An International Journal, 11(3): 297-311.

Marier, Patrik (2005). Where did the Bureaucrats Go? Role and Influence of the Public Bureaucracy in the Swedish and French pension reform debate. Governance: An International Journal ofPolicy, Administration, and Institutions, 18(4): 521-544.

Mayer, Jean F. and Patrik Marier (2005). Unions and Pension Reforms in Mexico: The Impact of Democratic Governance. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 11(2): 29-51.

Hallerberg, Mark and Patrik Marier (2004).Executive Authority, the Personal Vote, and Budget Authority in Latin America and Caribbean Countries. American Journal of Political Science,48(3): 571-587.

Peer-reviewed specialized study

Marier, Patrik (2010). Improving Canada’s Retirement Saving: Lessons from Abroad, Ideas from Home. IRPP Study, No. 9. Montréal: Institute for Research on Public Policy. 

Recent Book chapters

Marier, Patrik(2017). ‘Public Inquiries,’ in Marleen Brans, Iris Geva-May and Micheal Howlett(eds.) Handbook of Comparative PolicyAnalysis. London: Routledge. P. 169-180.


Marier, Patrik (2017).‘Policy Problems,’ Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of PoliticalScience. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Marier, Patrik and Anne-Marie Séguin (2015). ‘Demographyand Aging,’ Daniel Béland and Pierre-Marc Daigneault (eds.) Perspectiveson Provincial Social Assistance in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. P.339-352


Komp, Kathrinand Patrik Marier (2015). ‘The state in ageing Canada: From old age policies tolife-course policies,’ in Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson (eds.), Population ageing from a life-courseperspective: A critical and international approach. Bristol: Policy Press:221-235.


Marier,Patrik (2014). ‘Les systèmes de retraite québécois et suédois: approchesdifférentes, résultats similaires’ in Stéphane Paquin and Pier-Luc Lévesque(eds.), Sociale-démocratie2.0 : Le Québec comparé aux pays scandinaves. Montréal :Presses de l’Université de Montréal. P. 231-248.


Marier, Patrik (2012).‘Policy Feedback and Learning’, in E. Araral, S. Fritzen, M. Howlett, M.Ramesh, and X. Wu (eds.), The RoutledgeHandbook of Public Policy (London : Routledge).


Béland, Daniel andPatrik Marier (2012). ‘Vieillissementet politiques de retraite au Canada’, in Patrik Marier (ed.), Le vieillissement de la population et lespolitiques publiques : enjeux d’ici et d’ailleurs (Québec :Presses de l’Université Laval).


Dalton,Robyn*, Anna-Maria Luponio*, Patrik Marier and Micheal Torunian* (2012),‘Problématiser le vieillissement de la population : Une évaluationcomparative des politiques publiques et des modèles d’équitéintergénérationnelle’, in Patrik Marier (ed.), Le vieillissement de la population et les politiques publiques :enjeux d’ici et d’ailleurs (Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval).

Teaching activities


POLI 330                 Principles of Public Administration
POLI 604                 Comparative Public Policy
POLI 607/815B        Ageing and Public Policy
POLI 622                 Comparative Public Administration
POLI 636/805          Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration

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