Date of Award
Major Research Paper
Master of Public Administration
This paper examines whether municipal reform has led to local government developing self-initiated, innovative social programs that address local needs. Interviews with local government officials and administrators from single- and upper-tier municipalities in Ontario were conducted to gain firsthand accounts of the local government role in the social policy process. The findings reveal that municipal reform, accompanied by the downloading of social services in Ontario, leads to greater levels of autonomy, more flexibility with decision-making, and the ability of local government to take a lead role in the development of social programs and policy.
Hasso, Areej, "The Role of Local Government in Social Policy and Program Development: Impacts of Municipal Reform" (2010). MPA Major Research Papers. 84.