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New Community Spaces: Regional Governance in the Public Interest in the Greater Toronto Area
Urban Affairs Review (2016)
  • Allison Bramwell, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Jon Pierre, University of Goteborg
Abstract

Abstract. This paper examines community-driven forms of institutionalized collaboration at the regional scale. We advance a generic and scalable framework that captures not only participants and incentives but also the structures and processes that shape urban policy objectives.  This framework allows us to track implementation and adaptation and to assess institutional viability, legitimacy, and performance over time.  We find that the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance represents a durable and high performing place-based alliance of social, economic, and political actors dedicated to regional development strategies that include growth and equity goals.  Yet the Civic Action Alliance is not a governing coalition.  Elite dominance of the policy agenda, value-based tensions, and weak linkages between elected and civic leaders indicate that governance challenges with important democratic implications remain.  

Keywords
  • regionalism,
  • collaborative governance Greater Toronto Area
Publication Date
Spring April 18, 2016
Citation Information
Allison Bramwell and Jon Pierre. "New Community Spaces: Regional Governance in the Public Interest in the Greater Toronto Area" Urban Affairs Review (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/allison-bramwell/1/