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Research-based analysis and commentary. The purpose of the blog is to make my research and that of other researchers more easily accessible than standard academic publications are. The blog also includes commentary on the significance of various research findings.

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  • December 9, 2010
  • 05:17 PM
  • 1,403 views

Will Calgary’s new mayor succeed where Obama has failed?

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

Calgary's new mayor, Naheed Nenshi, like Barack Obama, staged an upset victory with the help of social networking. Will he, unlike Obama, succeed in changing the political game? Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 30, 2010
  • 12:00 AM
  • 509 views

The multilevel governance of urban growth: a cross-national comparison

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

Last May, I sketched out an idea for a research project that would look at what senior governments could do to ensure that those who make decisions about the growth of North American cities do a better job of respecting … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 29, 2010
  • 02:27 PM
  • 662 views

THE MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE OF URBAN GROWTH: A CROSS-NATIONAL COMPARISON

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

Last May, I sketched out an idea for a research project that would look at what senior governments could do to ensure that those who make decisions about the growth of North American cities do a better job of respecting the environment. That idea has now matured into a research proposal. In this entry, I'll summarize the proposal and provide a link to the full proposal.

Here's the summary:

My proposed research will shed new light on a major, but much-neglected question: What can we learn from........ Read more »

  • July 27, 2010
  • 11:53 PM
  • 1,015 views

The age of governance: some proposed principles of deep federalism

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

In my most recent blog entry, I pointed out that the way we govern ourselves has changed fundamentally in the last 20 years or so, and yet we've given little thought to the principles by which we should pursue governance - the new name for what we used to call government. The governance revolution that swept over us while we slept... Continue reading →... Read more »

Leo, C. (2006) Deep Federalism: Respecting Community Difference in National Policy. Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, 39(03). DOI: 10.1017/S0008423906060240  

  • July 27, 2010
  • 08:53 PM
  • 732 views

THE AGE OF GOVERNANCE: SOME PROPOSED PRINCIPLES OF DEEP FEDERALISM

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

In my most recent blog entry, I pointed out that the way we govern ourselves has changed fundamentally in the last 20 years or so, and yet we've given little thought to the principles by which we should pursue governance - the new name for what we used to call government. The governance revolution that swept over us while we slept... ... Read more »

Leo, C. (2006) Deep Federalism: Respecting Community Difference in National Policy. Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, 39(03). DOI: 10.1017/S0008423906060240  

  • June 22, 2010
  • 12:03 AM
  • 638 views

Should Youth For Christ be involved in governance? How about the United Church or New Life Ministries?

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

The way we govern ourselves has changed fundamentally in the past 20 years, and we’ve barely noticed. The changes raise critical questions, which we have developed a habit of answering on a case-by-case basis, without considering the context and without … Continue reading →... Read more »

Leo, C. (2006) Deep Federalism: Respecting Community Difference in National Policy. Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, 39(03). DOI: 10.1017/S0008423906060240  

  • June 21, 2010
  • 04:45 PM
  • 758 views

SHOULD YOUTH FOR CHRIST BE INVOLVED IN GOVERNANCE? HOW ABOUT THE UNITED CHURCH OR NEW LIFE MINISTRIES?

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

The way we govern ourselves has changed fundamentally in the past 20 years, and we've barely noticed. The changes raise critical questions, which we have developed a habit of answering on a case-by-case basis, without considering the context and without being guided by principles. We need to do better than that. ... Read more »

Leo, C. (2006) Deep Federalism: Respecting Community Difference in National Policy. Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, 39(03). DOI: 10.1017/S0008423906060240  

  • February 18, 2010
  • 11:23 PM
  • 1,018 views

Case studies can produce theoretical advances: here’s an example

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

Case studies have unjustifiably acquired a reputation for being semi-anecdotal investigations of the small details of individual circumstances, research that is incapable of generating significant empirical or theoretical advances in knowledge. It is argued that the case study is, at … Continue reading →... Read more »

Leo, C. (2006) Deep Federalism: Respecting Community Difference in National Policy. Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, 39(03). DOI: 10.1017/S0008423906060240  

  • February 18, 2010
  • 02:49 PM
  • 1,935 views

CASE STUDIES CAN PRODUCE THEORETICAL ADVANCES: HERE'S AN EXAMPLE

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

Case studies have unjustifiably acquired a reputation for being semi-anecdotal investigations of the small details of individual circumstances, research that is incapable of generating significant empirical or theoretical advances in knowledge. It is argued that the case study is, at best, a preliminary step, in that it may generate hypotheses that can later be tested using such “more reliable” methods as standardized questionnaires or statistical data. In the study of politics, however, tha........ Read more »

Leo, C. (2006) Deep Federalism: Respecting Community Difference in National Policy. Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, 39(03). DOI: 10.1017/S0008423906060240  

  • February 2, 2010
  • 03:40 PM
  • 911 views

Does mixed-income housing ameliorate poverty?

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

One of the most troubling problems of North American cities is the isolation of the poor and racialized minorities in ghetto neighbourhoods. Mixed-income neighbourhoods offer a possible remedy, but in place of careful analysis of the benefits they can and can't provide, too often we argue fruitlessly from inadequately-researched, ideologically fixed positions. Some recent research takes a step forward.... Read more »

  • January 30, 2010
  • 11:29 PM
  • 1,117 views

Does mixed-income housing amelioriate poverty?

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

One of the most troubling features of the way North American cities have developed in the past quarter century is social isolation, as our own desires and the dynamics of the real estate business sort us into spaces exclusive to … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 30, 2010
  • 04:40 PM
  • 829 views

DOES MIXED-INCOME HOUSING AMELIORIATE POVERTY?

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

One of the most troubling features of the way North American cities have developed in the past quarter century is social isolation, as our own desires and the dynamics of the real estate business sort us into spaces exclusive to ever-narrower slices of humanity. Separate spaces for people of different incomes, places reserved exclusively for the elderly, spaces from which children are barred, and more.

There is much to worry about in this trend, but most worrisome of all is the social isolatio........ Read more »

  • January 7, 2010
  • 11:15 PM
  • 577 views

Are suburban neighbourhoods bad for your health?

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

A growing body of research suggests that urban sprawl, in addition to being bad for cities, the environment and agriculture, may also take a toll on your health. For example, in a recent issue of the American Journal of Preventive … Continue reading →... Read more »

Trowbridge MJ, Gurka MJ, & O'Connor RE. (2009) Urban sprawl and delayed ambulance arrival in the U.S. American journal of preventive medicine, 37(5), 428-32. PMID: 19840697  

  • December 1, 2009
  • 08:01 AM
  • 813 views

LOCAL POLITICIANS CAN'T CONTROL SPRAWL. SO WHY IS IT THEIR JOB ALONE?

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

Few things are more important than the way we use our land, and yet, in North America, few things are more neglected. Among my urbanist colleagues, there are precious few who think that urban sprawl is a good thing, and even fewer who believe anything can be done about it. Why?... Read more »

  • July 9, 2009
  • 01:33 PM
  • 1,337 views

RAPID TRANSIT: COST OR OPPORTUNITY? IT’S UP TO US

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

With Jonah Levine

It’s taken Winnipeg a generation to get around to building the first leg of a rapid transit system. You might think that settles the matter, and that now we are down to inconsequential details. On closer examination, however, it becomes clear that many important decisions remain, decisions that could make the difference between a successful rapid transit system and a white elephant.... Read more »

John Renne and Peter Newman. (2002) Facilitating the Financing and Development of 'Smart Growth'. Transportation Quarterluy, 56(2), 23-32.

  • June 24, 2009
  • 09:10 AM
  • 1,351 views

ETHICS GUIDELINES: LETTING THE POWERFUL OFF THE HOOK, HANGING SUBORDINATES OUT TO DRY

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

I'm an ethics bureaucrat - a lowly one at the moment, a member of my departmental ethics committee. I don't like the job, but I stick with it because it keeps me in touch with a system that has to change. The better I understand the system, the better my chances of helping to bring about a change.

In fact, the system changes all the time, sometimes for the better, but mostly for the worse. The most frequent changes for the worse come, not from Canada's Tri-Council Guidelines, which I criticize........ Read more »

James Weinstein. (2007) Institutional Review Boards and the Constitution. Northwestern University Law Review, 101(2), 493-562.

  • May 19, 2009
  • 03:26 PM
  • 1,267 views

IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DIVIDING ABORIGINAL PEOPLE? CAN IT STOP?

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

I'll be at the Canadian Political Science Association conference in Ottawa next week delivering a paper originally entitled "Building cohesion, aggravating division", with an even more obscure, academic-sounding subtitle. But I've changed the title and the new one is the one I'm using for this blog entry. My article grows out of studies I did recently in Winnipeg of aboriginal policy and policy regarding immigration and settlement. Originally, these studies had nothing to do with each other, but........ Read more »

Christopher Leo. (2006) Deep Federalism: Respecting Community Difference in National Policy. Canadian Journal of Political Science 39:3, 2006, 481-506., 39(3), 481-506.

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