All Western Master of Public Administration students complete a faculty-supervised Major Research Paper. At the time of submission, students may opt to publicly release their papers. This series contains all publicly available papers completed since 1990.

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Major Research Papers from 2016

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The Effectiveness of Using a Public-Private-Partnership Model for Urban Rail Transit: The Vancouver Case, Jie Bian

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The Effects of Income Inequality on Social Assistance Services Caseload: A Local Perspective of London, Ontario Using Multiple Linear Regression Statistical Model, Juan Cardona

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Digital Strategies in Local Government: Private Sector and Early Adopters Lessons Learned, Robert Delorme

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Should the Niagara Region Chair Be Directly Elected?, Michael Genova

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Identification of Factors for Successful Implementation of the Incident Management System in Ontario Health Unit Emergency Management Programs, Dimitra Kasimos

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The Role of Local Government in China’s Urbanization: The Relationship Between Local Land Finance and Government-Led Urbanization, Ying Qiu

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Municipal and Developer Success Rates at the Ontario Municipal Board: A London, Ontario Case Study, Dan Scheid

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Driving Decision-Making: An Analysis of Policy Diffusion and Its Role in the Development and Implementation of Ridesharing Regulations in Four Canadian Municipalities, Lisa Shields

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Housing First in Canada: A New Approach to Homelessness and Best Practices for Municipal Implementation, Shelly Steffler

Major Research Papers from 2015

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The Perfect Storm: Emergency Management Regulations and Small Municipalities in Ontario, Jennifer Alexander

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Institutional Collective Action in Ontario’s Fire Service: Conducive and Inhibiting Factors of Local Collaboration of Fire Safety Inspections and Enforcement, Brian Arnold

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Transitioning The Canadian Democratic System Into The Era of Digital Governance: A Longitudinal Study of First Time Online Voting and Voter Turnout in Ontario Municipalities, Chris Bantock

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A Matter of Size: An Investigation Into How the Size of Municipality Impacts What It Values in a Municipal Association, Neale Carbert

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The Study of Knowledge and Attitudes of Students in Chinese Universities Towards Canadian Political and Local Issues, Huiwen Chen

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Stories of Youth Politics in Action: Uncovering Youth Political Spaces for Local Governments, Adam Fearnall

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Public Service Motivation at a Small Suburban Municipality: An Analysis of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivators and the Characteristics of Employees of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Tami Kitay

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Sharing the Lived Experience of Public Housing: A Critical Discourse Analysis and Perspectives from Residents of Public Housing in London, Ontario, Tim Smuck

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Public Health Funding: Results of a Quantitative Analysis Exploring the Influence of Local Public Health Unit Characteristics on the Provision of Provincial and Local Funding, Sandy Stevens

Major Research Papers from 2014

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Open Data and Big Data Programs in Local Government Policy Analysis, Susan Chase

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The Impacts of Land Use Growth Restrictions Upon Municipal Finances: A Comparative Study of a Rural Municipality, an Urban Settlement Municipality, and a Primary Settlement Municipality, Douglas Herron

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Visible Minorities: What Individual Characteristics Determine Electoral Success in Municipal Councils in the Greater Toronto Area?, Guhad Hersi

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Strategic Asset Management in the City of Hamilton: An Analysis of the Integration of Strategic Planning and Management Elements into Municipal Infrastructure Asset Management Programs, Brent Kittmer

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Citizen Engagement in Budget Planning in Ontario Municipalities, Melihate Limani

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Public Engagement Trends in Southwestern Ontario’s Municipalities, Marcy Puzanov

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Food Safety Program Performance in Ontario, Matthew Ruf