A presentation by Zack Taylor, the 2010 recipient of the Blanche and Sandy van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance funded by the Diamante Development Corporation, on March 10, 2010 at the Munk School of Global Affairs.
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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. Find out more »
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. Find out more »
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. Find out more »
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. Find out more »