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

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Brendan Boyd, Andrea Olive
University of Toronto Press, Jul 30, 2021 - Political Science - 224 pages

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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About the author (2021)

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.

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