Canadian Public Policy: Selected Studies in Process and Style

By Michael Howlett

© 2013

Studies of public policy in Canada are traditionally narrow, focusing on a particular policy area or jurisdiction without giving consideration to the significant procedural commonalities that can be identified across the public policy spectrum. Canadian Public Policy provides the first comprehensive, theoretically informed, empirical evaluation of the development of public policy in Canada. It represents the culmination of a fifteen-year program of large-scale primary research into Canadian policy-making by Michael Howlett, an internationally recognized public policy expert.

Each of the chapters investigates one stage of the policy process – including agenda setting, policy formulation, decision-making, policy implementation, and policy evaluation – in the Canadian context. The volume is book-ended by an introductory section setting out the logic of the policy cycle model, and a conclusion summarizing the research program and results. Investigating how Canadian experiences can inform and contribute to existing policy models, this unique volume will be a fixture in the Canadian public policy literature for years to come.

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Canadian Public Policy provides the first comprehensive, theoretically informed, empirical evaluation of the development of public policy in Canada.

Canadian Public Policy: Selected Studies in Process and Style

By Michael Howlett

© 2013

Studies of public policy in Canada are traditionally narrow, focusing on a particular policy area or jurisdiction without giving consideration to the significant procedural commonalities that can be identified across the public policy spectrum. Canadian Public Policy provides the first comprehensive, theoretically informed, empirical evaluation of the development of public policy in Canada. It represents the culmination of a fifteen-year program of large-scale primary research into Canadian policy-making by Michael Howlett, an internationally recognized public policy expert.

Each of the chapters investigates one stage of the policy process – including agenda setting, policy formulation, decision-making, policy implementation, and policy evaluation – in the Canadian context. The volume is book-ended by an introductory section setting out the logic of the policy cycle model, and a conclusion summarizing the research program and results. Investigating how Canadian experiences can inform and contribute to existing policy models, this unique volume will be a fixture in the Canadian public policy literature for years to come.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “Canadian Public Policy is an outstanding compendium by Michael Howlett, one of the pre-eminent scholars in his field. This book functions simultaneously as an accessible introduction to public policy in Canada and an analytically ground-breaking work for advanced scholars around the world –  indeed, the issues that Howlett develops are of relevance not only to Canada, but to the discipline of public policy and political science as a whole. Tackling each issue with precision, scholarly insight, and an eye for pushing disciplinary boundaries, this should be the book that libraries purchase on Canadian public policy.”
    Allan McConnell, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
  • Author Information

    Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Chair in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University and Yong Pung How Chair Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
  • Table of contents

    Table of Figures

    Table of Tables

    Acknowledgements

    Part I – Introduction

    Chapter 1. – Introduction

    1. General Approach

    2. Contents: Introduction: Policy Development as Decision-Making Process

    3. Historical Overview: The Ir/Rationality of Policy Development

    4. Problems with Existing Models: False Dichotomies and Corrective Syntheses

    5. Elements of a Policy Style

    6. Conclusion: Policy Development as Policy Style

    Part II - The Policy Process in Canada

    Chapter 2. - Agenda-Setting - Predictable and Unpredictable Policy Windows: Institutional and Exogenous Correlates of Canadian Federal Agenda-Setting

    1. Policy Windows and Policy Theory

    2. Analytical Components of the Policy Streams Model

    3. Policy Windows in Canada: Empirical Evidence

    4. Conclusion

    5. Appendix 1: Data Sources

    6. Appendix 2: Caseplots of Issues

    7. Appendix 3: Caseplots of Institutional Events

    8. Appendix 4: Caseplots of Objective Correlates

    Chapter 3. - Policy Formulation: Do Networks Matter? Linking Policy Network Structure to Policy Outcomes: Evidence from Four Canadian Policy Sectors 1990-2000

    1. Introduction: Metaphors and Models in Policy Network Analysis

    2. The Link between Subsystem Structure and Policy Change in Policy Network Analysis

    3. Testing the Impact of Subsystem Structure on Policy Outcomes: The Elements of an Operational Model of Policy

    4. Operationalizing Policy Subsystems

    5. Linking Subsystem Configurations to Policy Change

    6. Testing the Model: Empirical Evidence from Four Canadian Cases 1990-2000

    7. Conclusion

    8. Appendix: Data Sources and Summaries

    Chapter 4. - Decision-Making - Analyzing Multi-Actor, Multi-Round Public Policy Decision-Making Processes in Government: Findings from Five Canadian Cases

    1. Introduction

    2. The Concept of a Public Policy Decision-Making Style

    3. Method and Case Selection

    4. Analysis

    a. Evaluating Hypothesis 1

    b. Evaluating Hypothesis 2

    c. Evaluating Hypothesis 3

    5. Conclusion: Findings and Future Research Directions

    6. Appendix A

    7. Appendix B - Description of Key Legislative Changes By Issue Area

    8. Appendix C - Governmental and Non-governmental Actor Activity by Issue and Year

    9. Appendix D - Types of Actor Activity by Rounds

    Chapter 5. - Policy Implementation: Managing the "Hollow State": Procedural Policy Instruments and Modern Governance

    1. Studying Policy Instruments

    2. Analysing Procedural Policy Instruments

    3. The Rationale for Procedural Instrument Choice

    4. Conclusion: Policy Instruments for Modern Governance

    Chapter 6. - Policy Evaluation – Policy Advice in Multi-Level Governance Systems: Sub-National Policy Analysts and Analysis

    1. Introduction: The Supply and Demand for Policy Analysis in Government'

    2. The Sub-National Case: Provincial Policy Analysts in Canada

    3. Methods

    4. The Profile of Provincial Policy Analysts

    5. Conclusion

    Part III – Conclusion

    Chapter 7. - Conclusion - Policy Analytical Capacity and Evidence-based Policy-making: Lessons from Canada

    1. Evidence-based Policy-making as an Effort to Avoid Policy Failures and Enhance the Potential for Policy Success Through Policy Learning

    2. Types of Policy Failures and the Role Played by Evidence Therein

    3. Defining Policy Analytical Capacity

    4. Assessing Policy Analytical Capacity in Practice

    5. Policy Analytical Capacity in Canada

    6. Conclusion

    Endnotes

    References

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