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Dr. Larry Patriquin

Larry Patriquin
​Dr. Larry Patriquin
Faculty of Applied & Professional Studies - School of Human and Social Development - Social Welfare and Social Development, Professor (Sabbatical)
office: A316
email: larryp@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705-474-3450
ext: 4272
fax: 705-474-1947
web: Dr. Larry Patriquin's Website


Larry Patriquin has a PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University. He is the author of Agrarian Capitalism and Poor Relief in England, 1500-1860: Rethinking the Origins of the Welfare State and Economic Equality and Direct Democracy in Ancient Athens (both with Palgrave Macmillan) and the editor of The Ellen Meiksins Wood Reader (Brill/Haymarket). His recent articles have appeared in New Politics, Canadian Review of Social Policy, and Journal of Progressive Human Services. He is a member of the editorial board of Socialist Studies/Études socialistes. He received a Nipissing University Research Achievement Award in 2004.

Dr. Patriquin’s broad research area is capitalism in theoretical and historical perspective, with a specific focus on poverty and the welfare state. He has written on topics that are Canadian and non-Canadian, covering time periods both historical and contemporary. He combines an avid interest in social and political thought alongside detailed empirical research, with the aim of producing works for both scholarly and popular audiences.

For further information on Dr. Patriquin, see his curriculum vitae.


BA, St. Francis Xavier University;
MA, Carleton University;
PhD, York University

Areas of Specialization:

​Capitalism, socialism, egalitarianism, labour, democracy, poverty, the welfare state

Research Interests:

The origins of capitalism and the welfare state; democracy, ancient and modern; the relationship between democracy and different forms of social rights; possible pathways to more egalitarian societies

Current & Future Research:

Completing a small manuscript on the possible uses of citizens’ assemblies in public decision-making processes


Authored Books

Patriquin, Larry. 2015. Economic Equality and Direct Democracy in Ancient Athens. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 100 pp. 

Patriquin, Larry. 2007. Agrarian Capitalism and Poor Relief in England, 1500-1860: Rethinking the Origins of the Welfare State. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. 254 pp. 

Patriquin, Larry. 2004. Inventing Tax Rage: Misinformation in the National Post. Halifax: Fernwood. 190 pp. 

Edited Books 

Patriquin, Larry, ed. 2013. The Ellen Meiksins Wood Reader. Chicago: Haymarket. 335 pp. 

Journal Articles 

Patriquin, Larry. 2013. “The Class Ceiling of Social Rights.” Journal of Progressive Human Services 24: 66-80. 

Patriquin, Larry. 2011. “More Democracy, Less Poverty.” New Politics, no. 51: 79-89. 

Patriquin, Larry. 2009-10. “Social Policy, Social Democracy, and the Lessons of History: A Case Study of Gareth Stedman Jones’ An End to Poverty?.” Canadian Review of Social Policy, no. 63/64: 1-14.  

Patriquin, Larry. 2006. “Why Was There No ‘Old Poor Law’ in Scotland and Ireland?” Journal of Peasant Studies 33: 219-47. 

Patriquin, Larry. 2004. “The Agrarian Origins of the Industrial Revolution in England.” Review of Radical Political Economics 36: 196-216. 

Patriquin, Larry. 2001. “The Historical Uniqueness of the Clinton Welfare Reforms: A New Level of Social Misery?” Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 28 (3): 71-94. 

         Available: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2743&context=jssw

Courses Taught:

SWLF​ 3006: Social and Economic Justice
SWLF 3007: History of Social Welfare
SWLF 3146: Work​​

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