Publications

BOOK

Spicer, Zachary. The Boundary Bargain: Growth, Development and the Future of City-County Separation. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. 2016.

PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

“The Local Autonomy of Canada’s Largest Cities.” Urban Affairs Review. Forthcoming. (With Alison Smith)

“Political Opportunity Structures and the Representation of Women and Visible Minorities in Municipal Elections.” Electoral Studies. Vol. 48. August 2017 (With Christopher Alcantara and Michael McGregor)

“Bridging the Accountability and Transparency Gap in Inter-Local Collaboration.” Local Government Studies. Vol. 43, No. 3. February 2017.

“Governance by Handshake? Assessing Informal Municipal Service Sharing Relationship.” Canadian Public Policy. Vol. 42, No. 4. December 2016

“Preparing to Lead: Mayoral Transition Planning in Canadian Cities.” Canadian Public Administration. Vol. 59, No. 4. December 2016 (With Kate Graham)

“Evaluating the Kelowna Accord and the Promise of Multilevel Governance in Canada.” Canadian Public Administration. Vol. 59, No. 2. June 2016 (With Chris Alcantara)

“A Patchwork of Participation: Stewardship, Delegation and the Search for Community Representation in Post-Amalgamation Ontario.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. Vol. 49, No. 1. March 2016.

“The Canadian Homevoter: Property Values and Municipal Politics in Canada.” Journal of Urban Affairs. Vol. 38, No. 1. February 2016 (With Michael McGregor)

“Cooperation, Coordination and Competition: Why Do Municipalities Participate in Economic Development Alliances?” Canadian Public Administration. Vol. 58, No. 4. December 2015.

“Adapting (Municipal) Form to (Provincial) Function: City-County Separation and the Introduction of the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager System in Ontario.” American Review of Canadian Studies. Vol. 45, No. 3. November 2015.

“Regionalism, Municipal Organization and Inter-Local Cooperation in Canada.” Canadian Public Policy. June 2015.

“The Ties that Bind? Exploring the Dynamics of Inter-Municipal Agreement Formation Between Separated Cities and Counties.” Canadian Public Policy. Vol. 40, No. 3, September 2014.

“Legislative Dissent Without Reprisal? An Alternative View of Speaker Selection,” in Journal of Legislative Studies. Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013. (With John L. Nater)

“Post-Amalgamation Politics: How Does Consolidation Impact Community Decision-Making?” in Canadian Journal of Urban Research.  Vol. 21, No. 2, December 2012.

“The Reluctant Urbanist: Pierre Trudeau and the Creation of the Ministry of State for Urban Affairs,” in International Journal of Canadian Studies. Vol. 44, Spring 2012.

“Institutional Design and the Accountability Paradox: A Case Study of Three Aboriginal Regimes in Canada,” in Canadian Public Administration. Vol. 55, No. 1, March 2012. (With Christopher Alcantara and Rob Leone)

“Responding to Policy Change from Above: Municipal Accountability and Transparency Regimes in Ontario,” in Journal of Canadian Studies. Vol. 46, No. 1. Winter 2012. (With Christopher Alcantara and Rob Leone)

“The Rise and Fall of the Ministry of State for Urban Affairs: A Re-Evaluation,” in Canadian Political Science Review. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2011.

“Institutional Policy Learning and Formal Federal-Urban Engagement in Canada,” in Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance. Vol. 7, November 2010.

POLICY REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS

“Thinking Regionally: How to Improve Service Delivery in Canada’s Cities.” in CD Howe Institute Commentary No. 458. Toronto: CD Howe Institute (With Adam Found)

“Cooperation and Capacity: Inter-Municipal Agreements in Canada,” in IMFG Papers. Toronto: Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, University of Toronto. May 2015.

“Linking Regions, Linking Functions: Inter-Municipal Agreements in Ontario,” in IMFG Perspectives 10. Toronto: Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, University of Toronto. December 2014.

“The Times They Are A Changin’ (Mostly): A 2014 Election Primer for Ontario’s Biggest Cities,” IMFG Perspectives 9. Toronto: Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, University of Toronto. September 30, 2014 (With Caroline Andrew, Andre Cote, Peter Graefe, Andrew Sancton, John Sutcliffe and Tom Urbaniak).

Decentralization and Gender Equity” in Forum of the Federations Occasional Paper Series Number 14. August 2014. (With Enid Slack and Markham Montacer)

“Too Big, Yet Still Too Small: The Mixed Legacy of the Montreal and Toronto Amalgamations,” in IMFG Perspectives 5. Toronto: Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, University of Toronto. March 2014.

TECHNICAL AND CONTRACTED REPORTS

“De-Amalgamation in Canada: Breaking Up is Hard to Do.” Prepared for the Fraser Institute. July 2015. (With Lydia Miljan)

“Municipal Amalgamation in Ontario,” Prepared for the Fraser Instittue. May 2015. (With Lydia Miljan)

“Professional Accreditation in Ontario’s Municipal Sector.” Prepared for the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario. March 2014. (With Andrew Sancton)

BOOK REVIEWS

“Governing Greater Victoria by Robert Bish and Joseph Filipowicz,” in Canadian Public Administration. June 28, 2017.

“Rethinking the American City by Miles Orvell and Klaus Benesch,” in London School of Economics Review of Books. April 2, 2014.

“Researching the City by Kevin Ward,” in London School of Economics Review of Books. February 14, 2014.

“Social Conservatives and Party Politics in Canada and the United States by James Farney” in American Review of Canadian Studies. Vol. 43, No. 3. September 2013.

“Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity by Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert and William W. Franko” in London School of Economics Review of Books. March 18, 2013.

“Technology and Nationalism by Marco Adria” in American Review of Canadian Studies. Vol. 40, No. 4. November 2010.

“Politics in Manitoba: Parties, Leaders and Voters by Christopher Adams” in American Review of Canadian Studies, Vol. 40, No. 1. March 2010

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