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Published: 22 May 2011

424 Pages | 10 figs., 16 tables

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780195427561

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Bookseller Code (06)

Canadian Local Government

An Urban Perspective

Andrew Sancton

  • Helpful pedagogy: End-of-chapter review questions encourage students to reflect on the material while suggested additional resources promote active learning.
  • Accessible: Written in a clear, lively style, making complex subject matter easier for undergraduate students to understand.
  • Authoritative: Written by one of Canada's leading experts on local government, Andrew Sancton has taught and written extensively on the subject for more than thirty years and his vast experience in the field is reflected in the text.
  • In-depth: Examines the legal and political framework of local government, including its historical origins and its relationship with central government, providing students with a solid foundation on the subject.
  • Strong narrative: Offers students a clear, systematic treatment of all aspects of Canadian local government with coverage of such topics as municipal elections; urban regimes; definitions of 'urban' and 'rural'; and special-purpose bodies (including school boards and police commissions).
  • Back-to-basics approach: Emphasizes the importance of traditional functions of municipal government--including land-use planning, water, sewage, policing, and public transit--and explains the complex decision-making processes involved in these issues.
  • Current and relevant: Examines how specific cities across Canada have adapted to urbanization through annexations and amalgamations, demonstrating how similar patterns develop in every city.
  • Coverage of power: Offers a comprehensive overview of politics, leadership, and management within major Canadian municipalities, including mayors, councils, developers, and labour unions.
  • Coverage of municipal finances: Examines financial issues, such as user fees and property taxes, helping students understand where local government money comes from and how that money is spent.
  • Forward-looking: Discusses change in governance in the twenty-first century while advocating an active awareness and involvement in municipal government in order to facilitate urban living.

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