Provincial Policy Laboratories: Policy Diffusion and Transfer in Canada’s Federal System

Edited by Brendan Boyd and Andrea Olive

© 2021

Canada's federal system, composed of ten provincial governments and three territories, all with varying economies and political cultures, is often blamed for the country's failure to develop coordinated policy responses to key issues. But in other federal and multi-level governance systems, the ability of multiple governments to test a variety of policy responses has been lauded as an effective way to build local and national policy.

Despite high-profile examples of policy diffusion in Canada, there is surprisingly little academic study of policy learning and diffusion among provinces. Featuring cutting edge research, Provincial Policy Laboratories explores the cross-jurisdictional movement of policies among governments in Canada’s federal system. The book is comprised of case studies in a range of emerging policy areas, including parentage rights, hydraulic fracturing regulations, species at risk legislation, sales and aviation taxation, and marijuana policy. Throughout, the contributors aim to increase knowledge about this understudied aspect of Canadian federalism and contribute to the practice of intergovernmental policy making across the country.

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Examining a range of policy areas in Canada, this book assesses the extent to which governments share information and learn from each other when tackling challenging policy problems and the impact it has on national policy making.

Provincial Policy Laboratories: Policy Diffusion and Transfer in Canada’s Federal System

Edited by Brendan Boyd and Andrea Olive

© 2021

Canada's federal system, composed of ten provincial governments and three territories, all with varying economies and political cultures, is often blamed for the country's failure to develop coordinated policy responses to key issues. But in other federal and multi-level governance systems, the ability of multiple governments to test a variety of policy responses has been lauded as an effective way to build local and national policy.

Despite high-profile examples of policy diffusion in Canada, there is surprisingly little academic study of policy learning and diffusion among provinces. Featuring cutting edge research, Provincial Policy Laboratories explores the cross-jurisdictional movement of policies among governments in Canada’s federal system. The book is comprised of case studies in a range of emerging policy areas, including parentage rights, hydraulic fracturing regulations, species at risk legislation, sales and aviation taxation, and marijuana policy. Throughout, the contributors aim to increase knowledge about this understudied aspect of Canadian federalism and contribute to the practice of intergovernmental policy making across the country.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Brendan Boyd is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, Economics, and Political Science at MacEwan University.


    Andrea Olive is chair and associate professor in the Department of Political Science and associate professor in the Department of Geography, Geomatics, and Environment at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
  • Table of contents

    1. Introduction: Theorizing Provinces as Provincial Laboratories for Policy Diffusion and Transfer
    Brendan Boyd

    2. Parentage Policy Diffusion in the Canadian Provinces
    Dave Snow

    3. Interjurisdictional Transfer of Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations among Canadian Provinces
    Heather Millar

    4. Endangered Species Legislation in Canada: Convergence that Matters
    Andrea Olive

    5. Learning, Competing or Emulating? Explaining Diffusion Dynamics in the Case of the Harmonized Sales Tax in British Columbia
    Matt Lesch

    6. Carbon Pricing Policies and Emissions from Aviation: Patterns of Convergence and Divergence
    Laurel Besco

     
    7. Policy Replication: The Case of Canadian Cannabis Legalization
    Jared J. Wesley

    8. Conclusion: (Re)Theorizing Diffusion and Transfer in Canada’s Federal System
    Andrea Olive and Brendan Boyd

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