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Critical Policy Studies

by Michael Orsini

Critical Policy Studies Synopsis

Critical Policy Studies describes the emergence of new issues in Canadian public policy in the neoliberal era and surveys the recent evolution of critical approaches to policy studies. Traditional de?nitions of public policy in Canada have been challenged by globalization, the transition to a knowledge-based economy, and the rise of new technologies. These changes are catapulting new issues onto the Canadian policy agenda and transforming the policy problems that have existed for decades. Mad cow disease, border screening, and global warming are just some of the new policy problems.Contributors describe these issues, conceptualize the ways in which public policy questions cut across the traditional ?elds of policy, and present critical approaches to policy studies. Chapters cover both topical approaches, including Foucauldian and post-empiricist analysis, as well as new applications of established perspectives, such as political economy. These perspectives are applied to a variety of important topics, including security issues, Canadian sovereignty, welfare reform, environmental protocol, Aboriginal policy, and reproductive technologies.

Critical Policy Studies Press Reviews

?Critical Policy Studies is, quite simply, a breath of fresh air. It is a timely intervention into the study of public policy in Canada that covers important substantive ground and raises critical questions about the boundaries of policy studies as a field. This book will excite undergraduate and graduate students and stimulate new approaches to the study of public policy in Canada.? ? Leah Vosko, editor of Precarious Employment: Understanding Labour Market Insecurity in Canada ?Critical Policy Studies conveys a clear sense that there is much anew and exciting in the field of policy analysis in Canada. It will occupy a significant place in the discipline, opening up new avenues for scholars and policy-makers, and offering a distinctive and enlightening perspective for political science students.? ? Alain No?l, editor of Federalism and Labour Market Policy: Comparing Different Governance and Employment Strategies

Book Information

ISBN: 9780774813181
Publication date: 1st July 2007
Author: Michael Orsini
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 400 pages
Categories: Central government policies, Regional government policies, Political economy,

About Michael Orsini

Michael Orsini is an associate professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. Miriam Smith is a professor in the Department of Politics at Trent University.

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