SPECIAL ISSUE
CONTENTS
  • Section A) The theory and practise of the federal states and multi-level systems of government
  • Section B) Global governance and international organizations
  • Section C) Regional integration processes
  • Section D) Federalism as a political idea
  • Chenier John A.
    The evolving role of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
    in Canadian Public Administration , Volume 52, Issue 3, September ,  2009 ,  395-416
    Following its near demise in 1982, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) adopted new goals and processes designed to increase satisfaction and deliver concrete results to its member municipalities. Over time, the FCM assumed the role of primary interlocutor or broker, establishing a bridge between federal intentions and local government needs and playing a central role in the aggregation, definition, articulation and advocacy of local government issues at the federal level. These FCM actions, in conjunction with the significant improvements in the financial position of the federal government, resulted in significant monetary transfers from the federal to local governments and large increases in FCM membership. At the close of 2005, the FCM was poised to achieve its ultimate goal of establishing a joint federal-local mechanism for policy development as part of the New Deal. However, the election of the Harper government in 2006 led to a change in the federal position, leaving the FCM in a position remnminiscent of 1982 and a way forward that was suddenly less clear. While continuing to lobby strongly for fiscal transfers to municipalities, the FCM is assuming a broader role of filling the research void on local issues at the federal level.
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