POL305Y1 Lecture Notes - Alexis De Tocqueville, Creative Class, Richard Florida

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POL 306 Lec. 1 Prof. Gibson BA1210 Wed. July 4, 2012
Tindal and Tindal Local Government in Canada (7th or 8th Edition)
The proposal (2pgs) should be the first structure of the essay: Research Question, Literature Review (1arily
contained in annotated bilio), Give an intro to puzzle, state the research Q, etc etc
o Next class will incl examples and a good review of expectations
o Due July 16th (lec 4), worth 20%
Research paper 10-15pgs due Aug 8th (lec 8), worth 40%
Final Exam during exam period, worth 40%
Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance (out of Munk Centre) have tons of papers
Chicago style citation is good, but prof is not picky, just be consistent
o In-text citations can sometimes be more clear so footnotes are used as elaborating notes
Lecture
Key definitions
What do local govs actually do?
The changing context and growing importance of urban municipalities
Urban and local government as an era of scholarly research
The term ‘local govt’ describes
o A particular type of govt operating at a sub-national level
o A process by which policies are made within a designated geographic area
‘municipal’ vs ‘local’ govt
o Often used interchangeably
o Txtbk distinguishes b/w the 200
‘municipal govt’ = the type
‘local govt’ = the process
Basic features of municipalities
o Incorporated entitites e.g. village, town, city
o Empowerd to deal w/ a wide range of local issues
o Defined by distincy geo’ic boundaries
o Governed by elected councils
o Granted taxing power
o BUT: municipal govts are not recognized in the constitution as independent orders of govt (more on
this later…)
Government vs. Governance
o Government refers to particular kinds of ‘public’ institutions vested w/ formal authority to make
decisions on behalf of the entire local community
o Collaborative relationships and decision-making take place b/w officials in these local institutions
o Governance refers to the myriad of other institutions and orgs beyond gov’t which collaborate to
make decisions that affect the local community
o It incl. collective decisions made I the public sector, the private sector, and civil society (e.g.
registered charities, trade unions, professional associations, advocacy groups)
Multilevel Government and Governance
o Multilevel government
Refers to arrangements bw municipal and provincial govt officials, municipal and fed
officials, or all 3 levels of govr
E.g. gas tax fund agreement (federal-municipal)
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Tindal and tindal local government in canada (7th or 8th edition) Research paper 10-15pgs due aug 8th (lec 8), worth 40% Final exam during exam period, worth 40% Chicago style citation is good, but prof is not picky, just be consistent. Institute for municipal finance and governance (out of munk centre) have tons of papers. In-text citations can sometimes be more clear so footnotes are used as elaborating notes. The changing context and growing importance of urban municipalities. Urban and local government as an era of scholarly research. The term local govt" describes: a particular type of govt operating at a sub-national level, a process by which policies are made within a designated geographic area. Municipal" vs local" govt: often used interchangeably, txtbk distinguishes b/w the 200. It incl. collective decisions made i the public sector, the private sector, and civil society (e. g. registered charities, trade unions, professional associations, advocacy groups) Multilevel government and governance: multilevel government.

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