MPA Major Research Papers

Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Political Science


Sancton, Andrew

Geographical Areas



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.