chapter  7
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Regional Collaboration across Borders: A Comparative Analysis

Although Lipset’s historical determinism has often been called into question (e.g., Skolnik, 1990), his assertion that Canadians and Americans view the institutions of government very differently has not. The present study does not weigh in on the debate about the source of this difference; rather, it seeks to explore the ways in which political culture influences urban regional dynamics. Simply put, it seeks to understand whether and how Americans’ “fear of government”—as Lipset put it-and Canadians’ deference to it have impacted the ability of urban regions to self-govern, while considering in parallel the effects of civic capital and a region’s sense of itself on the same outcome.