Robert L. Bish

Tulo Centre of Indiginous Economics
Academic Chair of the Board

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All current research is focussed on the integration of First Nations into the Canadian Federal and market systems. This integration includes sharing local government service production with municipalities, becoming part of the regional district (similar to counties in the US) system and creating property rights on reserves so First Nations can participate in markets for economic development. During the next year the focus will be in the governance of natural resources and how to fit First Nations into the provincial and federal systems.

Citation:
Robert Bisht and Josef Filipowicz (2016), Governing Greater Victoria: The Role of Elected Officials and Shared Services. The Fraser Institute, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Abstract: The monograph describes in detail the dual role of municipal councilors in their 13 municipalities and the regional district as well as how services are produced within, through joint agreements and through the regional district in British Columbia's capital region. It appears that the unique British Columbia regional district system promotes greater cooperation in both governance and the production of services than any other area that has been studied in Canada.
Citation:
"Vincent Ostrom's Contributions to Political Economy" Publius:The Journal of Federalism 44:2 (2014). pp. 227-248.
Abstract: The article describes Vincent's work on water resources and local government within public choice theory prior to his returning to the work of Hamilton, Madison and Tocqueville to produce his two classics: The Political Theory of a Compound Republic and The Intellectual Crisis in American Public Administration. Based on this work his wife, Elinor, went on to receive the Nobel prize in economics in 2009.
Citation:
Robert L. Bish, and Eric Clemens. 2008. Local Government in British Columbia, 4th edition. Union of British Columbia Municipalities, Richmond, BC.
Abstract: Includes History, organization of municipalities, regional districts and other local governments, analysis of protective, engineering and human services dprovided by local governments, finance and planning.
URL: www.civicnet.bc.ca
Citation:
Bish, Robert L. 2011. "Fiscal Reality Economists." The Integration of First Nations into Canadian Federalism: Taxation, Services and Economic Development in British Columbia. Kamloops, BC. 35pp plus appendices.
Abstract: Provides a history of the introduction of First Nation taxation,the evolution of institutions to regulate the system and emerging policy issues.

Substantive Focus:
Governance PRIMARY
Urban Public Policy SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:

Keywords

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION FIRST NATION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SERVICE PRODUCTION LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE TAXATION NATURAL RESOURCES