MEDIA ADVISORY - Are voters "throwing the bums out" often enough at the municipal level? New report on municipal accountability says "no"

CALGARY, March 13, 2017 /CNW/ - Peculiar patterns have emerged in municipal politics in Canada. Unlike at federal and provincial levels of government, party politics are weak or absent in cities. Municipal representatives are more likely to win repeated re-elections, facing a much lower threat from any competitive challenge. That matters, since a lack of electoral pressure can make politicians less accountable.  How is that affecting municipal public policy? 

On Wednesday, March 15th, media are invited to The School of Public Policy to join co-author Anthony Sayers as we release a comprehensive report tracking the careers of 910 councillors and mayors in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver since their incorporation. The report shows that a lack of competition affects political choices and undermines accountability. 


Media conference to release report on, "Policy Responsiveness and Political Accountability in City Politics"


Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m. mountain


Downtown Campus, Event room 626, 6th floor, 906 -8th Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB


SOURCE The School of Public Policy - University of Calgary

For further information: Media Contact: Morten Paulsen,, 403.220.2540


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