Local Government in BC Book

Local Government in British Columbia is a book that belongs in the library of every British Columbia resident. Robert L. Bish and Eric G. Clemens' seminal work is a complete primer on all levels of local government, from municipalities and regional districts, to school districts and First Nations governments. The authors explain how government works and examine its role in our society.

The fourth edition (2008) is completely revised and updated to reflect current legislation and local government practice while retaining its clear description of the local decisions that affect our quality of life. How efficiently does your community manage its water supply, road construction, or fire department? Local Government in British Columbia raises important questions and is an indispensable resource for public servants, educators, community groups, and all those interested in how the system works and how it could work better.

UBCM is pleased to make the electronic version of this publication freely available:

Local Government in British Columbia, 4th ed. (2008) [PDF - 11 MB]

To purchase print copies of Local Government in British Columbia, please use our online publication order form.

Bibliographic Data

Local Government in British Columbia, 4th ed.
Robert L. Bish & Eric G. Clemens
Richmond, BC: Union of British Columbia Municipalities, 2008

xii, 236 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-230) and index

ISBN 9780969504320

Subject Headings
Local Government - British Columbia
British Columbia - Politics and Government

Table of Contents
Introduction
The provincial setting
Municipal governments
Regional district governments
Other local governments
Service delivery
Protective services
Engineering services
Human services
Regulatory and development functions
Labour relations
Finance
Concluding observations
First Nations governments

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