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    CPSA Students Caucus Meeting








    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Workshop: The Official Languages Act at 50
    Le 50e anniversaire de la Loi sur les langues officielles








    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Reception: Department of Political Science
    University of British Columbia








    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Canadian Political Science Association
    2019 Annual Conference Programme

    ALL SIDES OF THINGS:
    SPEAKING TRUTH TO PEOPLE

    Hosted at the University of British Columbia
    Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6, 2019
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    Presidential Address:
    François Rocher, CPSA President

    Life and Death of an Issue:
    Canadian Political Science and
    Quebec Politics

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 05:00pm to 06:00pm
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    Keynote: UBCIC Grand
    Chief Stewart Phillip

    Asserting Indigenous
    Title and Rights in 2019

    Location: CIRS 1250
    June 04, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Wendy Brown
    In the Ruins of Neoliberalism:
    Our Predicaments:
    the Rise of Anti-democratic
    Politics in the West

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 02:00pm to 03:30pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Roland Paris
    Canada Alone?
    Surviving in a Meaner World

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm

Local and Urban Politics



E12 - Topics in Municipal Politics

Date: Jun 5 | Time: 02:00pm to 03:30pm | Location: CIRS 1141

Chair/Président/Présidente : Caroline Andrew (University of Ottawa)

Discussant/Commentateur/Commentatrice : Caroline Andrew (University of Ottawa)

Leading in Chains? The Role of Canada’s Mayors: Kate Graham (University of Western Ontario)
Abstract: The role of mayors in Canada is “vague” (Lightbody 2006) and “generally quite unclear” (Sancton 1994; Graham 2018). There is no ‘job description’ for mayors; in fact, there are more than 50 provincial statues prescribing the duties of mayors, alongside thousands of municipal bylaws across Canada. So what, exactly, do mayors do? What do those who work most closely with mayors expect of them? What does the leadership of a Canadian mayor look like in practice, and how does mayoral leadership influence the governance dynamics in Canada’s cities? This paper presents data from 78 interviews with mayors, elected officials, administrators and community leaders in 10 Canadian cities on the role of the mayor, conducted as part of a larger study on mayoral power in Canada. It argues that Canadian mayors are expected to simultaneously serve in three distinct leadership roles: as political leaders, as executive leaders, and as community leaders. Each role involves specific expectations and requires different resources. In practice, mayors tend to gravitate to one of these roles over the others, leaving a leadership void often filled by other actors and shifting the governance dynamics in their city. This paper presents a new model for understanding the role of the mayor in Canada, while raising larger questions about the leadership capacity in Canada’s cities.

511.Graham.pdf


La dépolitisation des élus ruraux en France : Usage et objectif de la politique autrement: Théodore Ambassa (Université de Lille)
Abstract: Cet article se propose de s’intéresser à la dépolitisation des élus ruraux. Pour ce faire, il s’attache à démontrer comment les élus au travers de leurs discours se détachent de la vison politicienne classique. Pour se démarquer de cette vision classique, un ensemble d’éléments de langage sont mis en œuvre par les élus ruraux . Ces acteurs font de plus en plus recours à la rhétorique du « eux-contre nous » en fonction de la taille de la commune. A cela s’ajoute une nouvelle rhétorique autour de l’élu politique qui ne serait pas un professionnel de la politique et qui par conséquent met en œuvre des actions qui sont structurellement différentes de celles des nationaux. Les élus vont ainsi faire de plus en plus appel aux populations dans la gestion des affaires de la cité. A cela s’ajoute une volonté de construire un consensus dans toutes les décisions du conseil rural - même si à la réalité ce consensus peut être questionné . Faire de la politique autrement revient également pour ces élus à ne pas se professionnaliser. Cette non-professionnalisation trouve également son explication dans la difficulté pour ces élus de vivre uniquement de leur indemnité d’élu rural . Deux axes seront ainsi abordés dans cette communication : - L’objectif de l’usage de plus en plus fréquent par les élus ruraux de la rhétorique de « la politique autrement »? - La matérialisation concrète de cette rhétorique : ce sera l’occasion de voir comment les élus ruraux se démarquent concrètement des usages

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Local Autonomy Across Canada: Alison Smith (University of Toronto), Anna Kopec (University of Toronto)
Abstract: Building on an original index to measure the local autonomy of each Canadian province’s largest city (Smith and Spicer 2018), we seek to do three things in this article. First, we ask whether the local autonomy of those large cities has changed since our original research in 2013. Second, we ask if there are differences in autonomy between big cities and smaller cities in the same province. Finally, we ask whether differences in autonomy within the same province, if there are any, can be explained by the presence of a City Charter or some form of Charter legislation. This original research contributes to a growing body of literature on the role of cities in intergovernmental relations and multilevel governance, as well as to emerging debates surrounding the effectiveness of Charters.

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