There is a renewed interest in local government resulting from population migration to urban areas, the need to invest heavily in improved and greener infrastructure that can be used to satisfy local service needs, and a trend towards a more inclusive public involvement in urban issues. This course looks at how local governments fit into the public sector framework, how provincial / national legislation empowers and limits them, and their governance and management. Services offered, and issues faced, by local governments vary with size, population density and with central government legislation. Issues facing local governments, and the central governments who determine municipal responsibilities and revenue sources, are researched, presented and discussed. While the primary focus of the course is on local government in Canada, structures and practices used in other countries to address local government issues will be included. The class is conducted in a seminar style format (class size permitting).
INSTRUCTOR(S): M. Gilbert
Source: Graduate Calendar at http://www.dal.ca/academics/academic_calendars/Graduate_Calendar_2013_2014/Departments/Public_Administration.html (accessed 6 January 2014), and downloaded to the Atlas at http://portal.publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/en/Courses/dalhousie/DalhousieGradCalender/Pages/default.aspx.
The attached syllabus was provided for the PPG Portal in 2010.