MPA Major Research Papers

Date of Award

8-1-1996

Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration

Department

Political Science

Supervisor

Sancton, Andrew

Geographical Areas

Burlington

Abstract

This paper examines the policymaking process used by local governments in order to determine whether the rational or incremental model of decision-making is most evident. A case study of the process used by the City of Burlington in response to recommendations made by the GTA Task Force concerning the City’s governance was conducted. The findings reveal that the policymaking process in Burlington was reflective of both models of decision-making, but elements of the incremental model and persuasion were more evident than the problem solving that is associated with the rational model.


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