Governing Urban Economies: Innovation and Inclusion in Canadian City Regions

Governing Urban Economies: Innovation and Inclusion in Canadian City Regions

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Edited by Neil Bradford and Allison Bramwell
Innovation, Creativity, and Governance in Canadian City-Regions
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2014
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Today more than ever, cities matter to the economic and social well-being of the vast majority of Canadians. Canada’s urban centers are simultaneously the engines of the national economy and the places where the risks of social exclusion are most concentrated, making innovative and inclusive urban governance an urgent national priority.

Governing Urban Economies is the first detailed scholarly examination of relations among governmental and community-based actors in Canadian city-regions. Comparing patterns of municipal-community relations and federal-provincial interactions across city-regions, this volume tracks the ways in which urban coalitions tackle complex economic and social challenges. Featuring an inter-disciplinary group of established and up-and-coming scholars, this collection breaks new ground in the Canadian urban politics literature and will appeal to urbanists working in a range of national contexts.

Neil Bradford is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Huron University College.

Allison Bramwell is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Foreword to the Series, David A. Wolfe (Royal Bank Chair in Public and Economic Policy), Series Editor

  1. Governing Urban Economies: Innovation and Inclusion in Canadian City-Regions
    Neil Bradford (Huron University College, Western University, Political Science) and Allison Bramwell (University of North Carolina Greensboro, Political Science)

Part I: Institutionalized Collaboratives

  1. Social Actors and Hybrid Governance in Community Economic Development in Montreal – Juan-Luis Klein (Université du Québec, Economic Geography), Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay (University of Québec, Labour Economics and Human Resources Management) and Jean-Marc Fontan (Université du Québec à Montréal, Sociology)
  2. Dimensions of Governance in the Mega-City: Scale, Scope and Coalitions in Toronto – Allison Bramwell and David Wolfe
  3. Myth Making and the “Waterloo Way”: Exploring Associative Governance in Kitchener-Waterloo – Jen Nelles (Hunter College, Urban Affairs and Planning)
  4. The Politics of Coalition-Building in a De-Industrializing City: Linkages, Leadership and Agendas in Hamilton – Allison Bramwell

Part II: Sector Networks

  1. Linking Innovation and Inclusion: The Governance Question in Ottawa – Caroline Andrew (University of Ottawa, Director of the Centre on Governance) and David Doloreux (University of Ottawa, Management)
  2. Embarrassment and Riches: Good Governance and Bad Governance in the St. John’s City-Region – Rob Greenwood (Memorial University, Executive Director of Public Engagement)
  3. 300 People Who Make a Difference: Associative Governance in Calgary – Patrick Feng (University of Calgary, Communication and Culture), Ben Li (University of Oulu, Information Processing Science) and Cooper Langford (University of Calgary, Communication and Culture)

Part III: Project Partnerships

  1. Challenge and Change in London: The Social Dynamics of Urban Economic Governance – Neil Bradford
  2. Governance Innovations in Saskatoon: From State Cooperatives to Local Partnerships – Peter W.B. Phillips (University of Saskatchewan, Public Policy) and Graeme Webb (Simon Fraser University, Communication, PhD Candidate)
  3. The Missing Link: Immigrant Integration, Innovation and Skills Underutilization in Vancouver – Richard Smith (Simon Fraser University, Communication), Paulina Chow-White (Simon Fraser University, Communication, Project Manager of GeNA Lab), Graeme Webb, Renee Cheun (Simon Fraser University, Centre for Digital Media, MDM Candidate), Karen Fung and J. Patrick Truman (Simon Fraser University, Centre for Digital Media, MDM Candidate)
  4. The Bumpy Road to Regional Governance and Inclusive Development in Greater Moncton – Yves Bourgeois (University of New Brunswick, Urban and Community Studies Institute, Director)

Part IV: Conclusions

  1. The Rise of Metropolitics: Urban Governance in the Age of City-Region – Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University, Governance and Development)
  2. Civic Infrastructures of Innovation and Inclusion? Reflections on Urban Governance in Canada – Allison Bramwell and Neil Bradford


“I was delighted to learn that Neil Bradford and Allison Bramwell had assembled this important collection of articles on city-regions. Governing Urban Economies is an important resource for scholars and students of urban studies and those advocating for social innovation at all levels of governance.”

Marguerite Mendell, Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy, Concordia University

Governing Urban Economies will generate a new wave of comparative urban research in which Canadian cities are integral.”

Susan Clarke, Department of Political Science, University of Colorado Boulder