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Metropolitan Governance in the Federalist Americas

"Global Trends in the Public Sector," Michiel S. de Vries and Juraj Nemec, eds..Editions Bruylant

Ward, Peter M.

This chapter presents the findings of a cross-national study of metropolitan arrangements and challenges in the six federal countries of the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela). Using a comparative-case-study methodology, the key characteristics of the institutional and organizational forms and the principal policy arenas found in these initiatives and structures are described. Then the factors that shape the emergence and dynamics of these initiatives are identified. The chapter also assesses whether these forms are acquiring political legitimacy and offering opportunities for democratic governance.