Aiming to Explain: Theories of Policy Change and Canadian Gun Control
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Available: May 2022© 2022
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 288 Pages
Illustrations: 8 figures, 17 tables
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
288 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in, 8 figures, 17 tables
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Firearms policy has periodically dominated Canadian politics since the late 1960s. Compared to the United States, however, there is little scholarship on firearms policy to the neighbouring north.
Using Canadian firearms policy, Aiming to Explain examines five prominent policy process theories employed during the period starting from the 1989 Montreal Massacre to the 2012 cancellation of the universal firearms registry. Throughout, B. Timothy Heinmiller and Matthew A. Hennigar present rigorous applications of rational choice institutionalism, social constructivism, the advocacy coalition framework, the multiple streams framework, and punctuated equilibrium. The investigations draw on method-based best practices, while also making use of a wide range of data collection and analysis techniques including inferential statistics, descriptive statistics, process tracing, congruence analysis, and qualitative content analysis.
The goal of Aiming to Explain is not to select a single best theory, but to compare their relative strengths and weaknesses in an effort to direct future research and theoretical development efforts in the study of Canadian public policy.
2. The Evolution of Canadian Firearms Policy
3. The Canadian Policy Environment
4. Policy as Strategic Decision Making: Rational Choice Institutionalism
5. Exploitation and Power: The Social Construction Framework
6. Policy-Making as a Team Sport: The Advocacy Coalition Framework
7. Timing is Everything: The Multiple Streams Framework
8. Small Steps and Giant Leaps: Punctuated Equilibrium Theory