Sites of Governance: Multilevel Governance and Policy Making in Canada's Big Cities

Sites of Governance: Multilevel Governance and Policy Making in Canada's Big Cities

by Martin Horak, Robert Young


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Policies forged by all levels of government affect the lives of urban residents. Contributors to this volume explore how intergovernmental relations shape urban policies and how various social forces are involved in - or excluded from - the policy process. Focusing on diverse policy fields including emergency planning, image-building, immigrant settlement, infrastructure, federal property, and urban Aboriginal policy, Sites of Governance presents detailed studies of the largest city in each of Canada's provinces. Drawing on extensive documentary research and hundreds of interviews, contributors offer rich, nuanced analyses and a wealth of policy cases, ranging from preparation for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics to the development of innovative immigrant settlement programming in Winnipeg. Dominant themes include the importance of resources and formal jurisdiction in multilevel policy making, and the struggle for influence between business interests and other social forces. Essential reading for anyone concerned with the quality of urban life in Canada, Sites of Governance offers important insights about how multilevel governance works in Canadian cities. Contributors include Laurence Bherer (Université de Montréal), David Bulger (University of Prince Edward Island), Christopher Dunn (Memorial University), Robert Finbow (Dalhousie University), Joseph Garcea (University of Saskatchewan), Pierre Hamel (Université de Montréal), Martin Horak (University of Western Ontario), Thomas Hutton (University of British Columbia), Christopher Leo (University of Winnipeg), Greg Marquis (University of New Brunswick , Saint John), Byron Miller (University of Calgary), Cecily Pantin (Memorial University), Alan Smart (University of Calgary), Donald Story (University of Saskatchewan), and Robert Young (University of Western Ontario).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773540026
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: Fields of Governance: Policy Making in Canadian Municipalities Series , #3
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Martin Horak is associate professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario. Robert Young is professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario and Canada Research Chair in Multilevel Governance.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

1 Introduction: Multilevel Governance and Its Central Research Questions in Canadian Cities Robert Young 3

2 Ascending the Main Stage?: Calgary in the Multilevel Governance Drama Byron Miller Alan Smart 26

3 Charlottetown: A Small, Quiet Seat of Government - No Boom, No Bust David M. Bulger 53

4 Submerging the Urban: Halifax in a Multilevel Governance System Robert G. Finbow 73

5 Overcoming Adversity, or Public Action in the Face of New Urban Problems: The Example of Montreal Laurence Bherer Pierre Hamel 104

6 Multilevel Governance and Public Policy in Saint John, New Brunswick Greg Marquis 136

7 Policy Making in Saskatoon in a Multilevel Context: The Link Between Good Governance arid Good Public Policy Joseph Garcea Donald C. Story 162

8 St John's, A City Apart: An Essay in Urban Exceptionalism Christopher Dunn Cecily Pantin 198

9 Multilevel Governance in Toronto: Success and Failure in Canada's Largest City Martin Horak 228

10 Multilevel Governance and Urban Development: A Vancouver Case Study Thomas A. Hutton 263

11 Multilevel Governance without Municipal Government: Minimalist Government in Winnipeg Christopher Leo Martine August Mike Pyl Matthew D. Rogers 299

12 Conclusion: Understanding Multilevel Governance in Canada's Cities Martin Horak 339

Contributors 371

Index 375

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