MPA Major Research Papers

Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Political Science



Geographical Areas

Perth County, Ontario


This research report examines the extent to which senior municipal staff in Perth County consider the economic and social implications of joint and several liability. Data for the report is drawn from semi-structured interviews with Chief Administrative Officers or senior staff in the Municipality of North Perth, the Municipality of West Perth, the Township of Perth East, the Township of Perth South, and the County of Perth. The interviews reveal that staff consider both the economic and social implications of the current legislative framework, however economic implications are given greater weight.