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Laurier’s Chris Alcantara receives J.E. Hodgetts Award
Aug 21/12| For Immediate Release
Chris Alcantara, Associate Professor
Kevin Crowley, Director
WATERLOO – Chris Alcantara, associate professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University, is a co-recipient of the 2011 J.E. Hodgetts Award for best English article published in the Canadian Public Administration (CPA) Journal. Alcantara won the award with coauthor Jen Nelles of Hunter College, for their article “Strengthening the Ties that Bind: An Analysis of Aboriginal-Municipal Inter-Governmental Agreements in British Columbia.”
The article examines a series of agreements between Aboriginal and municipal governments in British Columbia, and constructs a typology of Aboriginal-municipal inter-governmental partnerships. In Canada, much attention is paid to the relationship between Aboriginals and the federal government, and to a lesser extent the provincial governments; these are historically problematic relationships.
However, Alcantara and his partner discovered about 100 agreements in British Columbia between Aboriginal groups and municipal governments, and found these relationships were much more positive. Agreements ranged from garbage collection and fire services to “de-colonization” agreements that recognize the self-governance of Aboriginal communities.
“This article is really a good-news story about the truly progressive relationships at the local level, and how they are beginning to filter up into the higher levels of government,” said Alcantara.
The paper was selected as winner of the award for being a “groundbreaking” study of local government, Aboriginal government and public administration. Professor Denis Saint-Martin, chair of the selection jury and associate editor of CPA, said in a statement that the article “charts a new course for research and theory on inter-governmentalism in Canada.”
About the J.E. Hodgetts Award
Founded in 1947, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) is a dynamic association of public servants, academics, and individuals dedicated to excellence in public administration. IPAC’s J.E. Hodgetts Award was created in 1992 in honour of one of the preeminent deans of public administration scholarship, J.E. “Ted” Hodgetts. It is the companion award to the Prix Roland Parenteau, also created in 1992, which recognizes the finest French article published in the Canadian Public Administration journal. Winners are presented with Inukshuk trophies at IPAC’s Annual Conference.