Dispositional Immobility: An Analysis of Non-Decisions as Public Policy in Alberta’s City-Regions
AbstractFor local governments in city-regions, the term “dispositional immobility” can be applied in situations where the question of municipal restructuring becomes an arena for permanent public policy non-decisions. Disposition is here used to mean both the inherent qualities of persons and communities, and the arrangement of the structures within an area. It is argued that administrative stasis results as dispositional immobility creates tactical political barriers to innovation, and policy inaction becomes a deliberate response. In Alberta, city-regions since the 1950s have preserved multiple autonomous municipalities rather than initiating centripetal reforms as is the case elsewhere in Canada. An analysis of the province and its leadership during the past half-century suggests reasons for this entrenched dispositional immobility within the institutional culture of Alberta’s city-regions. Our conclusion suggests that the time has come to rethink and challenge the long-standing and unquestioned continuation of the city-regional structural status quo. View Full-Text
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Lightbody, J.; Kline, L. Dispositional Immobility: An Analysis of Non-Decisions as Public Policy in Alberta’s City-Regions. Soc. Sci. 2016, 5, 54.
Lightbody J, Kline L. Dispositional Immobility: An Analysis of Non-Decisions as Public Policy in Alberta’s City-Regions. Social Sciences. 2016; 5(4):54.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lightbody, James; Kline, Lisa. 2016. "Dispositional Immobility: An Analysis of Non-Decisions as Public Policy in Alberta’s City-Regions." Soc. Sci. 5, no. 4: 54.