Foundations of Governance: Municipal Government in Canada's Provinces

Edited by Andrew Sancton and Robert Young

© 2009

Municipalities are responsible for many essential services and have become vital agents for implementing provincial policies, including those dealing with the environment, emergency planning, economic development, and land use. In Foundations of Governance, experts from each of Canada's provinces come together to assess the extent to which municipal governments have the capacity to act autonomously, purposefully, and collaboratively in the intergovernmental arena.

Each chapter follows a common template in order to facilitate comparison and covers essential features such as institutional structures, municipal functions, demography, and municipal finances. Canada's municipalities function in diverse ways but have similar problems and, in this way, are illustrative of the importance of local democracy. Foundations of Governance shows that municipal governments require the legitimacy granted by a vibrant democracy in order to successfully negotiate and implement important collective choices about the futures of communities.

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In Foundations of Governance, experts from each of Canada's provinces come together to assess the extent to which municipal governments have the capacity to act autonomously, purposefully, and collaboratively in the intergovernmental arena.

Foundations of Governance: Municipal Government in Canada's Provinces

Edited by Andrew Sancton and Robert Young

© 2009

Municipalities are responsible for many essential services and have become vital agents for implementing provincial policies, including those dealing with the environment, emergency planning, economic development, and land use. In Foundations of Governance, experts from each of Canada's provinces come together to assess the extent to which municipal governments have the capacity to act autonomously, purposefully, and collaboratively in the intergovernmental arena.

Each chapter follows a common template in order to facilitate comparison and covers essential features such as institutional structures, municipal functions, demography, and municipal finances. Canada's municipalities function in diverse ways but have similar problems and, in this way, are illustrative of the importance of local democracy. Foundations of Governance shows that municipal governments require the legitimacy granted by a vibrant democracy in order to successfully negotiate and implement important collective choices about the futures of communities.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 453 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    'This volume provides solid empirical evidence and a sound foundation for future policies and legislative initiatives that may be contemplated by Canadian policy and Law- makers. Overall, this book delivers a comprehensive, insightful, and absorbing account of the intergovernmental relationships between municipal and provincial governments within Canada.'
    John Meligrana
    Urban studies Journal, vol 48: June 2011
  • Author Information

    Andrew Sancton is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario.



    Robert Young is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario and Canada Research Chair in Multilevel Governance.

  • Table of contents

    Contributors

    Preface Robert Young and Andrew Sancton

    Introduction Andrew Sancton

    1 Ontario David Siegel
    2 Quebec Serge Belley, Laurence Bherer, Guy Chiasson, Jean-Pierre Collin, Pierre Hamel, Pierre J. Hamel, and Mathieu Rivard with Julie Archambault
    3 Nova Scotia David M. Cameron with Paul A.R. Hobson
    4 New Brunswick Daniel Bourgeois and Frank Strain
    5 Manitoba Tom Carter
    6 British Columbia Patrick J. Smith and Kennedy Stewart
    7 Prince Edward Island David Bulger and James Sentence
    8 Saskatchewan Joseph Garcea and Donald Gilchrist
    9 Alberta Edward C. Lesage, Jr. and Melville L. McMillan
    10 Newfoundland and Labrador James. P. Feehan, Jeffery Braun-Jackson, Ronald Penney, and Stephen G. Tomblin

    Conclusion Robert Young

    Appendix: Municipal Financial Data for Canad and by Province

    Index

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