Political Science - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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Class consciousness and the information society

Date created: 
1991
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Thesis
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Theses (Dept. of Political Science) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Dependency as the basis for political control in Trinidad, 1956-1981

Date created: 
1991
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Thesis
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Department: 
Theses (Dept. of Political Science) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Structural change and citizen participation : the case of Winnipeg

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Date created: 
1991
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Thesis
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Department: 
Theses (Dept. of Political Science) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Should the international community be concerned about the enlargement of regional trade blocks? The case of the European Union

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2005
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This research assesses the impact of enlarging regional trade agreements (RTAs) on external producers' market share within the RTAs. More specifically, it focuses on the accession of the less advanced nations to the European Union, to see whether there is trade diversion with the rest of the world because of those nations' comparative advantages in cheap labour and lower transaction costs. The findings of this study support the claim that the effects of RTA enlargement on trade are ambiguous. However, the results also show that the effects bear more resemblance to trade creation than trade diversion. The study concludes that in upward trending markets an RTA enlargement does not produce serious adverse consequences for other countries.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Department of Political Science - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Beyond federalism: The Kyoto protocol and multi-level governance in Canada

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Date created: 
2005
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This thesis uses multi-level governance and win-sets to examine the effect of formal, informal and negotiation constraints placed on federal, provincial and municipal orders of government on implementing policy related to the Kyoto Protocol. Firstly, the theoretical and historical underpinnings of environmental policy approaches in this area are examined. Then, this work studies the formal and informal institutional constraints placed on governmental levels in Canadian politics. Finally, the negotiation relationships between all orders of government are mapped using a stag hunt game, which clearly illustrates the roles and powers of all orders of government. This thesis finds that the federal government will need provincial help in order to implement policies relating to the Kyoto Protocol, even if they could unilaterally ratify the agreement. In addition, the local order of government can play an important role in the policy process by acting as a bridge between conflicting provincial and federal interests.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
Department of Political Science - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

The role of local government in gambling expansion in British Columbia

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Date created: 
2005
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This thesis examines the role of local governments in British Columbia in gambling expansion, during the period 1994 to 2004. In particular, it tries to explain why municipalities in BC are able to define gaming policy to an extent unparalleled in Canada and posits three reasons for this: 1) the historical roles of BC municipalities, particularly through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), their province-wide association; 2) the role and influence of charitable organizations, who while defending their interests have struck strategic partnerships with local governments; and 3) the increasing reliance on gaming revenues on the part of provincial governments has required partnerships with local governments. This thesis concludes that while recognizing the limiting constitutional constraints of local governments in Canada, municipalities in British Columbia have nonetheless managed to assert a role in the development of public policy, with gambling policy being a good example of this development.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
Department of Political Science - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)