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May 2018

Does local government autonomy promote fiscal sustainability? Lessons from Illinois’ home rule municipalities

May 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 208N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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What are the consequences of home rule authority on fiscal sustainability? What lessons does this hold for Canadian municipalities? This seminar will address these questions by analyzing the experience of over 50 cities and villages that adopted home rule within the past two decades.

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The reality of sub-national taxation in conflict-affected states: The incidence and implications of informal taxation

May 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 208N, 1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 208N
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada
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Taxation is at the centre of the relationship between state and society. In conflict-affected countries, it can be especially critical to rebuilding infrastructure and ensuring sustainable peace and development. When policymakers and international donors approach the task of rebuilding fiscal systems, they often do so with a narrow conception of tax reform in mind – one that is often based on the experience of developed countries.

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