Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

October 1995


Published in Great Plains Research 5:2 (Fall 1995). Copyright © 1995 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


The authors, of the University of Alberta, have presented here a lengthy examination of democracy and political practice in the province's rural and urban communities, essentially from the 1880s to 1994. In addition to the communities themselves, the authors also examine the relations between municipalities and the provincial government, the growth of greater local self-government, representation and accountability, the territorial decentralization of municipal economic activity, and the recent transfer of the costs of local government from the province to municipalities.