Policy analysis in Canada brings together original contributions from many of the field’s leading scholars. Contributors chronicle the evolution of policy analysis in Canada over the past 50 years and reflect on its application in both governmental and non-governmental settings.
As part of the International Library of Policy Analysis series, the book enables cross-national comparison of public policy analysis concepts and practice within national and sub-national governments, media, NGOs and other institutional settings.
Informed by the latest scholarship on policy analysis, the volume is a valuable resource for academics and students of policy studies, public management, political science and comparative policy studies.
"A collection of outstanding and original essays on the practice, profession, pedagogy, science and art of policy analysis in Canada." Leslie A. Pal, Carleton University, Canada
Laurent Dobuzinskis, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University has two different research and teaching interests: the history of political and economic thought, political economy (rational choice), and the philosophy of the social sciences; and public policy analysis.
Michael Howlett is Burnaby Mountain Chair in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University, specializing in public policy analysis, political economy, and resource and environmental policy.
Policy analysis in Canada: an introduction ~ Laurent Dobuzinskis and Michael Howlett;
Part I: The profession of policy analysis in Canada;
The policy analysis profession in Canada ~ Stephen Brooks;
The “lumpiness” thesis revisited: the venues of policy work and the distribution of analytical techniques in Canada ~ Michael Howlett, Seck Tan, Adam Wellstead, Andrea Migone, and Bryan Evans;
Part II: Policy analysis at different levels of Canadian governments;
Policy analysis in the federal government: conditions and renewal initiatives in the Trudeau era ~ Robert P. Shepherd and Christopher Stoney;
Public policy in the provinces: more powering; less puzzling ~ Ken Rasmussen;
Policy analysis in local government ~ Daniel Henstra;
Part III: Policy analysis in the executive and legislative branches of Canadian government;
Policy analysis and the central executive ~ Jonathan Craft and Paul Wilson;
Policy capacity and recruiting expertise in public services: acquiring talent in evolving governance environments ~ Evert A. Lindquist;
The diminished invisible private service: consultants and public policy in Canada ~ Kimberly Speers;
Canadian legislatures, public policy and policy analysis ~ Ted Glenn;
Commissions of inquiry and policy analysis ~ Carolyn M. Johns and Gregory J. Inwood;
Part IV: Policy analysis outside government: parties, interest groups and the media;
The policy capacity of political parties in Canada ~ Greg Flynn and Marguerite Marlin;
Any better ideas? Think tanks and policy analysis in Canada ~ Donald E. Abelson;
Policy analytical capacity and Canadian business associations ~ Andrew Stritch;
Transforming governance patterns: challenges and opportunities for voluntary sector policy capacity ~ Rachel Laforest;
Policy analysis and advocacy in the Canadian labour movement: when the force of argument is not enough ~ Bryan Evans and Stephanie Ross;
Media and public policy ~ Andrea Lawlor;
From policy analysis to policy analytics ~ Justin Longo and Kathleen McNutt;
Part V: Paedagogy and policy analysis in the Canadian university system;
Academics and public policy ~ Daniel Cohn;
Public policy studies in North America and Europe ~ Johanu Botha, Iris Geva-May, and Allan M. Maslove;
Part VI: conclusion;
Trends and directions in Canadian policy analysis and policy advice ~ Michael J. Prince.