Strategies for Improving Performance
Edited by Peter Karl Kresl and Daniele Ietri
Chapter 6: Metropolitan structures of decision making, governance and policy coordination: the role of social actors in Montreal
We will discuss here the issue of metropolitan structures of decision making, governance and policy coordination and highlight the important role of social actors in the case of Montreal. While we do not want to give the impression that this is a magic bullet that ensures success in all aspects of decision making and governance in Montreal, and we will show that there are many actors namely from civil society – too many in the view of some – we nevertheless feel that this is an important characteristic of Montreal, and one which sets it apart from other North American cities. We will thus show that although the metropolis does not have a fully and clearly established governance framework, the role of civil society is important in the governance of the metropolitan socioeconomic development in Montreal. Indeed, many actors, such as social economy based organizations, professional and other associations have a very determinant role in shaping the metropolitan area and its economic and social development.
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