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Presentation | 2010

Finance and Governance of Capital Cities in Federal Systems

A presentation by co-editors, Enid Slack and Rupak Chattopadhyay on their recently published book, Finance and Governance of Capital Cities in Federal Systems (McGill-Queens University Press), on February 11, 2010 at the Munk School of Global Affairs.
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Book | 2009

Finance and Governance of Capital Cities in Federal Systems

Using capital cities in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United States as case studies, this book examines federal policies towards capital cities, with a particular emphasis on how capital cities are funded and governed, and the extent to which the federal government compensates them for their unique role.
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Other | 2009

Earmarked Grants and Accountability in Government

The conventional theory of fiscal federalism, which sees earmarking largely as a means to deal with positive spillovers in local expenditures, explains neither the level of such grants nor the trends over time. Nor can it readily account for the existence of non-matching, but still categorical, block grants. In this paper, we explore several alternative perspectives that interpret earmarking as a response to information failures between governments and, even more fundamentally, to accountability issues that arise between governments as well as between governments and voters.
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Other | 2009

Provincial-Local Fiscal Transfers in Canada: Provincial Control Trumps Local Accountability

This paper provides a case study of provincial-local transfers in Canada and evaluates the extent to which they are designed to increase local accountability or maintain provincial control. The evaluation is based, in part, on a review of trends in provincial transfers to municipalities and school boards over the last 20 years and, in part, on an assessment of the extent to which 3 grants are designed to satisfy the standard rationales for intergovernmental transfers found in the traditional fiscal federalism literature (vertical fiscal imbalance, horizontal fiscal imbalance, and externalities) or political rationales.
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Presentation | 2009

A City Should Be Like Itself: Toward a London City Charter

Co-sponsored by Ideas That Matter, on June 8, 2009, Dr. Mark Kleinman, Director of the London City Charter, was joined by panelists Phillip Abrahams, Manager, Intergovernmental Relations, Strategic and Corporate Policy Division, City of Toronto; and Judy Pfeifer, Vice President, Public Affairs, Hill and Knowlton.
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Presentation | 2009

A City Should Be Like Itself: Toward a London City Charter

Co-sponsored by Ideas That Matter, on June 8, 2009, a presentation by Dr. Mark Kleinman, Director of the London City Charter. Dr. Kleinman was joined by panelists Phillip Abrahams, Manager, Intergovernmental Relations, Strategic and Corporate Policy Division, City of Toronto; and Judy Pfeifer, Vice President, Public Affairs, Hill and Knowlton.
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