Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change: A Comparative Analysis

Edited by Gregory J. Inwood and Carolyn M. Johns

© 2014

Commissions of inquiry are a vital and ubiquitous part of the Canadian policy landscape. Established to answer the tough questions, they have been charged with examining almost every aspect of public life.

This collection brings together leading Canadian scholars working in political science, public policy, and law to explore fundamental questions about the relationship between commissions of inquiry and public policy for the first time: What role do commissions play in policy change? Would policy change have happened without them? Why do some commissions result in policy changes while others do not?

In search of answers, Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change analyses ten landmark inquiries  ranging across a variety of political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, and legal issues. Filling a significant gap in the literature, this volume will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of Canadian political science, public policy, law, and history, as well as a broader audience of readers interested in commissions of inquiry and their role in Canadian policymaking.

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In search of answers, Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change analyses ten landmark inquiries  ranging across a variety of political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, and legal issues.

Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change: A Comparative Analysis

Edited by Gregory J. Inwood and Carolyn M. Johns

© 2014

Commissions of inquiry are a vital and ubiquitous part of the Canadian policy landscape. Established to answer the tough questions, they have been charged with examining almost every aspect of public life.

This collection brings together leading Canadian scholars working in political science, public policy, and law to explore fundamental questions about the relationship between commissions of inquiry and public policy for the first time: What role do commissions play in policy change? Would policy change have happened without them? Why do some commissions result in policy changes while others do not?

In search of answers, Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change analyses ten landmark inquiries  ranging across a variety of political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, and legal issues. Filling a significant gap in the literature, this volume will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of Canadian political science, public policy, law, and history, as well as a broader audience of readers interested in commissions of inquiry and their role in Canadian policymaking.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change is an excellent book and a major contribution to an important, under-studied subject.”


    Ed Ratushny, CM, QC, SJD, author of The Conduct of Public Inquiries

    “A valuable account of ten royal commissions which together provide an intriguing window on Canadian political, social, and policy history across several decades.”


    G. Bruce Doern, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
  • Author Information

    Gregory J. Inwood is a professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.


    Carolyn M. Johns is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.
  • Table of contents

    Foreword

    Preface

    List of Tables, Figures, and Chapter Appendices

    Chapter 1: Why Study Commission of Inquiry – Gregory J. Inwood (Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration) and Carolyn M. Johns (Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration)

    Chapter 2: Theories of Policy Change and a Four Part Theoretical Framework for Comparative Analysis – Gregory J. Inwood and Carolyn M. Johns

    Chapter 3. Structuring Canada’s National Policy Debate: The Royal Commission of Canada’s Economic Prospects – Neil Bradford (Huron College, University of Western Ontario, Political Science)

    Chapter 4: Politics and Promise: A Feminist-Institutionalist Analysis of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women – Joan Grace (University of Winnipeg, Politics)

    Chapter 5: The Lasting Impact of the Inquiry into the Construction of a Pipeline in the Mackenzie Valley – Frances Abele (Carleton University, Public Policy and Administration)

    Chapter 6: Of Leaps of Faith and Policy Change: The Macdonald Royal Commission – Gregory J. Inwood

    Chapter 7: The Framing of Scientific Governance in Canada: Policy Change and the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies – Francesca Scala (Concordia University, Political Science)

    Chapter 8: The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples: An Exercise in Policy Education – Peter H. Russell (University of Toronto, Political Science)

    Chapter 9: Manufacturing Civil Society?: How the Krever Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada Shaped Collective Action and Policy Change – Michael Orsini (University of Ottawa, Political Science)

    Chapter 10: The Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada: Laying the Groundwork or a Missed Opportunity for Policy Change? – Patricia L. O’Reilly (Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration)

    Chapter 11: The Walkerton Inquiry and Policy Change – Carolyn M. Johns

    Chapter 12: The Goudge Inquiry: Anatomy of Success for an Inquiry to Change Policy? – Lorne Sossin (Osgoode Hall Law School, Dean and Professor)

    Chapter 13: Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change: A Comparative Analysis – Gregory J. Inwood and Carolyn M. Johns

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