Comparing Quebec and Ontario: Political Economy and Public Policy at the Turn of the Millennium

By Rodney Haddow

© 2015

Can sub-units within a capitalist democracy, even a relatively decentralized one like Canada, pursue fundamentally different social and economic policies? Is their ability to do so less now than it was before the advent of globalization? In Comparing Quebec and Ontario, Rodney Haddow brings these questions and the tools of comparative political economy to bear on the growing public policy divide between Ontario and Quebec.

Combining narrative case studies with rigorous quantitative analysis, Haddow analyses how budgeting, economic development, social assistance, and child care policies differ between the two provinces. The cause of the divide, he argues, are underlying differences between their political and economic institutions.

An important contribution to ongoing debates about globalization’s “golden straightjacket,” Comparing Quebec and Ontario is an essential resource for understanding Canadian political economy.

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  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
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  • Page Count: 392 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.1in x 9.0in
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In Comparing Quebec and Ontario, Rodney Haddow analyses how budgeting, economic development, social assistance, and child care policies differ between the two provinces. The cause of the differences, he argues, are underlying differences between their political economic institutions.

Comparing Quebec and Ontario: Political Economy and Public Policy at the Turn of the Millennium

By Rodney Haddow

© 2015

Can sub-units within a capitalist democracy, even a relatively decentralized one like Canada, pursue fundamentally different social and economic policies? Is their ability to do so less now than it was before the advent of globalization? In Comparing Quebec and Ontario, Rodney Haddow brings these questions and the tools of comparative political economy to bear on the growing public policy divide between Ontario and Quebec.

Combining narrative case studies with rigorous quantitative analysis, Haddow analyses how budgeting, economic development, social assistance, and child care policies differ between the two provinces. The cause of the divide, he argues, are underlying differences between their political and economic institutions.

An important contribution to ongoing debates about globalization’s “golden straightjacket,” Comparing Quebec and Ontario is an essential resource for understanding Canadian political economy.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 392 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “If our century is a march to international corporatism and conformity, why do such vastly different societies thrive on opposite banks of the Ottawa River? In this book of dissent, political scientist Rodney Haddow of the University of Toronto documents the striking absence of anything resembling globalization in our own neighbourhood. It’s a neat proposition.”


    Holly Doan
    Blacklocks Reporter, January 17, 2016

    ‘This is a truly excellent book and it will hold broad appeal for many political scientists.’


    Andrew McDougall
    Canadian Journal of Political Science vol 51:01:2018

    “In this book, Haddow applies leading theories of comparative political economy to Ontario and Quebec with clarity and rigour.  He provides new answers to that old chestnut of what makes these two provinces’ public policies different.”


    Peter Graefe, Department of Political Science, McMaster University

    “With Comparing Quebec and Ontario, Rodney Haddow has established the new gold standard for the comparative study of provincial politics in Canada. The theory underlying the project is solid, coherent, and up to date, the mixed methods approach is innovative, rigorous, and thorough, and the demonstration is systematic, convincing, and nuanced. Haddow’s book will have a real and lasting impact on our policy and political debates.”


    Alain Noel, Departement de science politique, Universite de Montreal
  • Author Information

    Rodney Haddow is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    1. How Do Advanced Political Economies Differ? Why does it Matter?

    2. Typing Provinces: The Political Economies of Ontario & Quebec

    3. Budgeting: Why Some Tax & Spend More than Others, and How

    4. Social Assistance & Transfers: Redistributing, but Differently

    5. Child Care & Early Learning: Can the Residual Mould be Broken?

    6. Economic Development: Can States Still Intervene?

    7. Quantitative Evidence (1): Comparing Policy “Effort”

    8. Quantitative Evidence (2): Comparing Redistributive Outcomes

    Conclusion: How Large and Durable are these Differences?

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