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Date: 2017-09-27
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Category: Call for Papers
Subject: Call for papers – Panel(s) on Policy Diffusion and Transfer in Canada’s Federal System

Call for papers – Panel(s) on Policy Diffusion and Transfer in Canada’s Federal System


Interjurisdictional dynamics play an important role in Canada’s federation and are observed in a variety of policy areas, including environment, health, education, fiscal and taxation, and labour standards. Scholarly attention has largely focused on economic competitiveness issues created by interjurisdictional pressures and the impact on policy of a “race to the bottom.” There has been less study of trans-jurisdictional transfer of policy through sharing of information and ideas. In other words, how do policies move across jurisdictions, how do provincial, territorial and federal governments learn from each other’s experience when responding to common policy issues, and what impact does this have on policy development?


The spread of policies through information sharing and emulation among provinces can be an important driver of policy development in Canada. In addition to interprovincial diffusion, vertical diffusion from provinces to the federal government is also observable, as provinces provide policy experiments that can be replicated on a larger scale. The most well-known example is the country’s healthcare system, whose antecedents where in the provincial policies developed in Saskatchewan under Premier Tommy Douglas. More recently, the federal government highlighted that many provinces had already established carbon pricing policies, when explaining its rationale for instituting a national policy.


There is a substantial amount of theoretical and empirical work that has been done at the international level and the subnational level in the U.S. and Europe that can be drawn upon as a starting point for understanding transfer and diffusion in Canada. But the unique features of Canadian federation, a decentralized federation with substantial provincial powers and a small number of regionally-diverse provinces and territories, should also be considered.


The goal of this panel (or multiple panels) is to contribute to a better understanding of the influence that interjurisdictional transfer plays in policy development and Canadian federalism, and how it interacts with competitiveness concerns. We welcome papers in any policy area as well as papers employing a range of methods, including quantitative and qualitative analysis.


Please submit your abstracts, using CPSA guidelines, to Andrea Olive (andrea.olive@utoronto.ca) and Brendan Boyd (brendan.boyd@ucalgary.ca) by November 1st, 2017 so the papers can be submitted together as a panel for CPSA 2018.



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