Alberta's Local Governments: Politics and Democracy


Covering the period from the first settlements to 1994, this book focuses on the practice of democracy in Alberta's urban and rural municipalities, relations between these municipalities and the provincial gov-ernment, and the provincial government's policy of the territorial decentralisation of municipal economic activity. This book completely updates and revises Professor Masson's earlier study published in the mid- 1980s. In recent years Alberta has modified the structure of local government to provide further for greater representation and accountability and to foster self-government and democratic institutions in many of the province's sparsely settled areas. This appears to have been done primarily in order to transfer a greater share of the costs of local government to the municipalities, rather than to grant them a measure of fiscal autonomy, yet surprisingly few municipal politicians have resisted the govern-ment's financial policies. During the last decade Alberta municipalities have endured hardships that they have not faced since the Great Depression. This book documents the policies and events that have tested and strengthened their commitment to democratic government.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edmonton, Alta.
Publication year:
  • 1994


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