MPA Major Research Papers

 

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 2017

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The Socioeconomic implications of Ontario's Joint and Several Liability Arrangement: Insights from Municipal Political Elites in Perth County, Josh Brick

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The Applicability of British Columbia's Regional Districts as a model of Regional Governance for Newfoundland and Labrador, Jennifer Crowe

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Measuring the Fiscal Impact of At-Large Versus Ward-Based Political Representation in Ontario Municipalities, Alysha Faria

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Does the Province have enough financial and statistical data available to execute a needs-based grant allocation to target municipal infrastructure investment instead of utilizing an application process to allocate funds?, Brenda Garrett

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The Rural Effect on School Closures and the Limitations Within the Provincial Policy Framework, Shannon Geraghty

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Enumeration of the Homeless Population in Rural Communities, Barbara Hall

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Indigenous-Municipal Intergovernmental Agreements: A Case Study Examining Substantive Collaboration, Gwendolyn Lowrie-Dennis

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Pluralism in Regional Health Planning: An Analysis of Public Engagement in Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks, Paul Sandor

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WaterRight: An Examination of Drinking Water, Tax Policy, and Water Affordability in Southwestern Ontario, Robert Sharon

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The Future of CAOs in Small Ontario Municipalities: A Study of What Small Ontario Municipalities Are Doingto Recruit and Retain ‘Top Talent’, Michael Szarka

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