Victoria Paquin posted Aug 11, 2022
In the article “19th Century Division of Powers, 21st Century Problems: Understanding Canadian Intergovernmental Relations” from the module resources, the author explores three questions from a Canadian perspective.
Read the article and then respond to these questions from a U.S. perspective:
- Why should U.S. citizens care about intergovernmental relations?
- Why are intergovernmental relations often fraught with conflict?
- What can be done to make intergovernmental relations run more smoothly in the future?
In the article “19th Century Division of Powers, 21st Century Problems: Understanding Canadian Intergovernmental Relations” Wallner shares that Canadian citizens are desirous of some uniformity and standards across the country, and have an interest in ensuring that their tax dollars are being spent on programs that deliver desired services. The same could be said about citizens of the United States.
Intergovernmental relationships are complex, with powers and budgets that can be overlapping or conflicting. The services that governments are attempting to provide today require specialized skills and often require cooperation across several agencies. When these agencies have competing priorities and varying levels of funding, relationships can become tense. To make governmental relationships run more smoothly, it is important to have clearly defined boundaries of responsibility. Additionally, it is helpful if the governmental agencies can maintain levels of communication that allow for a functional working relationship. When each party is able to understand their responsibilities, there is a greater ability to cooperate on large scale issues.
Wallner, J. (2014). 19th Century Division of Powers, 21st Century Problems: Understanding Canadian Intergovernmental Relations. The Federal Idea. Retrieved August 11, 2022, from https://web.archive.org/web/20151123162127/http://ideefederale.ca/documents/Wallner_ang.pdf
For your response posts, do the following:
In your responses to your classmates, provide feedback on their answers. Do you agree with their answers to these questions? Why or why not? Are there other factors that could be considered?
Write a post of 1 to 2 paragraphs.
Consider content from other parts of the course where appropriate. Use proper citation methods for your discipline when referencing scholarly or popular sources.
Demonstrate more depth and thought than saying things like “I agree” or “You are wrong.” Guidance is provided for you in the discussion prompt.