Asymmetric decentralization of the administration of public safety in the Canadian federal political system

Todd Hataley, Christian Leuprecht

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Abstract

Canada's federal political system has to reconcile differences over the balance between shared rule and self-rule concerning two bedrock principles of the constitutional government: the rule of law and democratic oversight of the exercise of the power of the state to ensure that it is not usurped. The hallmark of the administration of multilevel security governance in Canada is horizontal and vertical differentiation of diverse territorial and non-territorial community values, preferences, interests and values has given rise to the asymmetric decentralization. This article maps the historical and constitutional roots, and then draws on examples in a survey of its institutional structure across three levels of government. It concludes by discussing the governance challenges that shared sovereignty and mismatched jurisdictional authorities pose for the effective and efficient provision of public safety in Canada.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-526
Number of pages20
JournalCanadian Public Administration
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2014

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