Latest Research: Articles, Papers, and Reports


Amalgamation made Toronto both too big and too small

May 21, 2014

IMFG’s Enid Slack and Zachary Spicer penned an op-ed in the Toronto Star about the legacy of Toronto’s amalgamation (March 2014), called “Amalgamation made Toronto both too big and too small.”

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Basic Concepts of Service Delivery and Decentralization and Gender equity

May 21, 2014

IMFG Director Enid Slack gave two presentations in Tunisia in 2013-14, entitled “Basic Concepts of Service Delivery” and “Decentralization and Gender Equity.” These events were sponsored by the Forum of Federations, Inter-Regional Dialogue on Local Governance and Gender in Decentralizing and Transitioning States.

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Merging Municipalities: Is Bigger Better?

May 21, 2014

“Merging Municipalities: Is Bigger Better?” (2013) in the IMFG Papers series, by IMFG Director Enid Slack and Prof. Richard Bird, describes the challenges of governing metropolitan regions in different parts of the world, and the range of restructuring options that are considered to address them, including two-tier models, voluntary cooperation, special purpose districts, and amalgamations.

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International Comparison of Global City Financing

May 20, 2014

“International Comparison of Global City Financing,” (2013) an IMFG research paper for the London Finance Commission (UK), written by IMFG Director Enid Slack, examines how major global cities including New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Madrid are financed, and provides implications for the fiscal autonomy of London. The LFC was appointed by London Mayor Boris Johnson to assess how to improve the tax and public spending arrangements for the UK’s capital region.

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Property Tax Reform in Developing Countries

May 20, 2014

Enid Slack, IMFG Director, made a presentation in April 2013 at the 4th Annual IMF-Japan High-Level Tax Conference for Asian Countries in Tokyo entitled, “Property Tax Reform in Developing Countries.”

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Financing the Metropolis

May 20, 2014

IMFG Director Enid Slack made a presentation entitled “Financing the Metropolis” at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s “International Symposium on Innovations and the Making of Metropolitan Identity” in Paris, France (November 2013).

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Financing Municipal Services for Sustainable Development – ‘Getting the Prices Right’

May 20, 2014

On April 10th, IMFG Director Enid Slack made a presentation to the Urban Development Conference at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, entitled: “Financing Municipal Services for Sustainable Development – ‘Getting the Prices Right’.”

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The Political Economy of Property Tax Reform

May 20, 2014

The OECD has published a new paper in the OECD series, Working Papers on Fiscal Federalism 18, by IMFG Director Enid Slack and Prof. Richard Bird, entitled “The Political Economy of Property Tax Reform” (2014).

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Rouhani Meter and the first 100 Days

January 7, 2014

On August 3rd, 2013, RouhaniMeter.com set out to measure the performance of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by monitoring the status of promises he made during his campaign. This new report is a look at the Rouhani presidency through the work of the first 100 days of the Rouhani Meter project, from August 3rd to November 12th. In addition to an extended analysis, the report shares new research on public requests for change made by civil society groups, academics, and prominent Iranian figures within Iran to President Rouhani.

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The Role and Place of the High-Level Political Forum in Strengthening the Global Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development

January 4, 2014

Steven Bernstein draws on UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution A/RES/67/290 of July 2013, which establishes the format and organizational aspects of the HLPF, to explore ways the Forum can fulfill its mandate of providing leadership on and integration of sustainable development.

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