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Political Science City Planning & Urban Development

Metropolitan Governing

Canadian Cases, Comparative Lessons

edited by Eran Razin & Patrick J. Smith

The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2006
City Planning & Urban Development
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Metropolitan reforms have been implemented in Canada at a scale and frequency greater than anywhere else in the democratic world. Recent Canadian metropolitan reforms are setting precedents and could influence metropolitan agendas worldwide. This edited collection deals with the recent local government reforms in major Canadian cities-Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, and Vancouver-and provides comparative insights from other countries-Britain, the United States, Korea, and Israel. The cross-national case studies provide a perspective on the role of different political systems and political cultures in determining the metropolitan governance agenda and the reforms undertaken, revealing considerable similarities in the agenda and diversity in responses. Published by The Hebrew University Magnes Press with the assistance of the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies and the Association for Canadian Studies.

About the authors

Eran Razin is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, and Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Patrick Smith is a Professor and Past Chair of the department and current Director of the Institute of Governance Studies. His research interests include public policy and administration, local and metropolitan governance, global cities, political parties and elections, electoral reform, local democracy, Canadian and BC Government/Politics, federalism and constitutional reform.

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Editorial Reviews

".[A]n anthology of scholarly writings by learned authors concerning the numerous and large-scale metropolitan reforms implemented in Canada and the precedents they are setting. Offering comparative insights from other countries, Metropolitan Governing especially scrutinizes the strengths and weaknesses of 'old regionalism' territorial reforms versus 'new regionalism' horizontal networks of governance; while old regionalism is best for effectively sharing fiscal burdens, new regionalism approaches can be notably more effective in development....[H]ighly recommended collection for college political studies shelves." Wisconsin Bookwatch, July 2007

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