The Deliberative City

Hoi L. Kong

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Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2010

In this paper, I will argue that general administrative law concerns about the legitimacy and effectiveness of rule-making have special force in the municipal zoning by-law context. In particular, I will argue that a particular, civic republican conception of legitimate state action offers the best justification for municipal regulation and provides the best normative foundation for developments in municipal consultation processes. In Part II, I will argue that the consultative processes in Quebec’s zoning laws reflect a commitment to civic republican ideals, but that because of specific features of municipal regulation, these ideals are incompletely realized. In Part III, I will argue that a particular municipal institution - the ward council - enables the zoning process to better approximate civic republican ideals. I conclude this paper by arguing that ward councils not only strengthen the normative justifications for municipal regulation, they contribute to its effectiveness.

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Date posted: August 8, 2011  

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Kong, Hoi L., The Deliberative City (2010). Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1906663

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