MPA Major Research Papers

Date of Award

7-1-2001

Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration

Department

Political Science

Supervisor

Sancton, Andrew

Geographical Areas

County of Brant, Dufferin County

Abstract

This paper examines local solutions for amalgamation in Ontario by conducting a comparative case study of the County of Brant’s success at amalgamation and the County of Dufferin’s failed efforts towards amalgamation. The findings reveal that the factors that contribute to the outcome of local amalgamation decisions include the loss of identity associated with municipal mergers, the assimilation of individual communities, and the blurring of each community’s distinct characteristics into one homogenous mass.


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