Policy Learning from Canada: Reforming Scandinavian Immigration and Integration Policies
Published: February 2018© 2018
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 184 Pages
Dimensions: 6.30 x 9.10
184 Pages, 6.30 x 9.10 x 0.90 in
Focusing on the three Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Policy Learning from Canada is a systematic study of the international relevance of the Canadian immigration and integration policy model. To reveal how the Canadian immigration model has shaped the reform process in Scandinavia, Trygve Ugland critically examines public documents, including government proposals, documents from parliamentary debates, and reports by ad-hoc expert commissions, as well as letters from consulted agencies.
Ugland’s intensive studies on Canada’s immigration and integration policies depict Canada not only as a model and inspiration to Scandinavian policy makers, but, in particular, as an intellectual stimulus for the rediscovery of labour immigration in Scandinavia during the 2000s. The study demonstrates that the Canadian model, often perceived as a product of unique circumstances, can be relevant in other countries.
1. Scandinavians in Search of Solutions: The Canadian Immigration and Integration Policy Model
2. Sweden’s Special Transatlantic Policy Relationship: Moving Towards Mutual Inspiration
3. Denmark’s Selective Political Attention: The Development of an Alternative Model
4. Norway’s Inspired but Still Slow Learning: A Reluctant Reformer
5. Scandinavian Lesson-Drawing from Canada as ‘Work’
6. Canada as an Inspirational, but not always Practical or Desirable Model: The Politics of Pragmatism
"In an increasingly interdependent and dynamic world, flourishing, and even survival, depend on the ability to learn from experience, one's own and others. This well-designed study of policy transfer from Canada to the Scandinavian countries offers several new insights into the basic processes that promote or hinder learning and diffusion across state borders. A valuable addition to the international literature."Johan P. Olsen, Professor Emeritus, University of Oslo
"Addressing the increasingly important aspect of public policy formation, Ugland’s study of how the Canadian model has shaped debates and the development of immigration and integration policies in Scandinavian countries makes a substantial contribution to an emerging scholarly debate on the role of the international setting for policy formation. Policy Learning from Canada is refreshingly accessible for a broad audience."Oliver Schmidtke, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria