Public Policy in Canada: An Introduction

Paperback | January 27, 2012

byLydia Miljan

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Now in its sixth edition, this classic work continues to chronicle the changing landscape of public policy issues in Canada. Offering essential information in an accessible style, Miljan begins by covering the fundamental concepts, theories, contexts, and approaches to public policy beforetaking a deeper look in later chapters into six principal fields: macroeconomics, social programs, health, family, Aboriginal peoples, and environmental policy. Featuring the latest data and in-depth discussions on highly debated topics - ranging from the recent global recession and its aftermath toongoing land-claims disputes to the costs and benefits of 'going green' - this sixth edition provides an informed overview of key political, economic, and social factors that drive public policy-making in Canada.

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Now in its sixth edition, this classic work continues to chronicle the changing landscape of public policy issues in Canada. Offering essential information in an accessible style, Miljan begins by covering the fundamental concepts, theories, contexts, and approaches to public policy beforetaking a deeper look in later chapters into six...

Lydia Miljan is associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the inter-faculty arts and science program at the University of Windsor. Her researched is fuelled by a fascination with how people generate their ideas, what shapes their opinions, and under what circumstances they change their minds. Specifica...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:January 27, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Understanding Public Policy1. Basic Concepts in the Study of Public PolicyWhat Is Public Policy?The Agenda and Discourse of Public PolicyThe Pattern of Public PolicyGovernment in Retreat?The Relevance of Studying Public Policy2. Theories of Public PolicyStructuralist Theories of the Public Policy ProcessSystems Theory: A Bridge between Structural and Dynamic TheoriesDynamic Models of the Public Policy ProcessThe Perspectives Compared3. The Context of Policy-Making in CanadaContextual Influences on Policy-Making4. Policy ImplementationWhat Is Policy Implementation?Why Worry about Implementation?Rationality and Its IllusionsThe Problems of Implementation5. Policy Evaluation (NEW!)Policy and Program ImprovementExpenditure ManagementCabinet Decision-MakingPublic ReportingLimitations to EvaluationMeasuring SuccessThe Process of Policy EvaluationPart II: Policy Fields6. Macroeconomic PolicyChanging Paradigms in Macroeconomic Policy-MakingThe Goals of Macroeconomic Policy in Canada: A Case of Diminishing ExpectationsThe External Dimension of Macroeconomic PolicyWalls, Doors, and Plans: Economic Policy in an International Context7. Social PolicyThe Canadian Welfare State in Comparative PerspectiveThe Extent of Social Need in CanadaThree Pillars of Social PolicyGlobalization and Welfare Policy8. Health PolicyThe Constitutional and Legal ParametersThe Financial PictureInternational ComparisonsWhat Really Ails Canada's Health-Care System?9. Family PolicyWhat Is Family Policy?Canada's Families: Yesterday and TodayAre Some Types of Families Better than Others?Policy Options for the Family10. Aboriginal PolicyWho Is an Indian?Canada's Aboriginal PopulationThe Reserve SystemSovereignty, Landownership, and the LawNegotiating Aboriginal ClaimsThe Principles Underlying Aboriginal PolicyFuture Directions in Aboriginal Policy11. Environmental PolicyWhat Is 'The Environment'?The Environmental ConundrumIs the Environment Different from Other Policy Areas?The Evolution of Environmental Policy in CanadaGetting and Staying on the AgendaEnvironmental Policies in CanadaA Non-Malthusian Case for Environmentally Friendly Policies