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Department
Political Science
Course
POLS 3270
Professor
Tim Mau
Semester
Winter

Description
CITY COUNCILLORS • POSSESS LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE POWERS • ANALOGOUS TO A BOARD OF DIRECTORS • NORMALLY 5-15 ELECTED • SHAPE LOCAL COMMUNITY & QUALITY OF LIFE (PASS BY-LAWS & REGULATIONS; BUDGET; BORROW & SPEND MONEY ON CAPITAL PROJECTS & MUNICIPAL SERVICES; ZONING ETC.) • OVERSIGHT ROLE: 1) EFFICIENT & EFFECTIVE PROGRAM DELIVERY; 2) POLICY IMPLEMENTED AS INTENDED; 3) MONEY SPENT ON AUTHORIZED PURPOSES • USUALLY APPROVE RATHER THAN INITIATE POLICY • SERVE ON VARIOUS STANDING, AD HOC OR SPECIAL COMMITTEES STANDING COMMITTEES • ESTABLISHED FOR KEY FUNCTIONAL AREAS • DETERMINED BY COUNCIL • COMPRISE MEMBERS OF COUNCIL AND SUPPORTED BY STAFF • HEAR PETITIONS FROM MEMBERS OF COMMUNITY • PRESENT REPORTS & MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNCIL • ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES • GUELPH – CURRENT STRUCTURE: 1) AUDIT COMMITTEE; 2) COMMUNITY & SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE; 3) CORPORATE ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE & ENTERPRISE; 4) GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE; 5) OPERATIONS, TRANSIT & EMERGENCY SERVICES; 6) PLANNING & BUILDING, ENGINEERING & ENVIRONMENT • SPECIAL COMMITTEES – E.G., PESTICIDE REVIEW COMMITTEE & PHYSICIAN RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES • USED TO MANAGE BUSINESS MORE EFFICIENTLY/EFFECTIVELY • ANALOGOUS TO “CABINET” AT PROVINCIAL/FEDERAL LEVEL • REQUIRES CO-OPERATION & PERSUASION • RESPONSIBILITY FOR PERSONNEL, BUDGET AND CONTRACTS • APPOINTED BY MAYOR/INFORMAL COUNCIL NEGOTIATION/FORMAL VOTE • A VARIANT OF THE BOARD OF CONTROL o FIRST USED IN TORONTO IN 1896 o INITIALLY APPOINTED, THEN ELECTED AT- LARGE o 2/3 VOTE REQUIREMENT o MANDATED IN ONTARIO FOR MUNICIPALITES OVER 100,000 o ONLY USED IN LONDON (UNTIL 2010) COUNCIL-MANAGER SYSTEM • EVOLVED IN THE US IN RESPONSE TO NEPOTISM & CORRUPTION • COMPLETE SEPARA
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