Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy

Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy is designed to showcase innovative approaches to political economy and public policy from a comparative perspective. While originating in Canada, the series will provide attractive offerings to a wide international audience, featuring studies with local, subnational, cross-national, and international empirical bases and theoretical frameworks.

Editors: Michael Howlett, David Laycock, Stephen McBride, Simon Fraser University
Editorial Advisory Board: Jeffrey Ayres, Neil Bradford, Janine Brodie, William Carroll, William Coleman, Rodney Haddow, Jane Jenson, Laura Macdonald, Riane Mahon, Michael Mintrom, Grace Skogstad, Leah Vosko, Kent Weaver, Linda White, Robert Young

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Combating Poverty: Quebec's Pursuit of a Distinctive Welfare State
Combating Poverty: Quebec's Pursuit of a Distinctive Welfare State
By Axel van den Berg, Charles Plante, Hicham Raïq, Christine Proulx, and Sam Faustmann

Combating Poverty critically analyses the growing divergence between Quebec and other large Canadian provinces in terms of social and labour market policies and their outcomes over the past several decades.

Published Aug 2017
Beyond the Welfare State: Postwar Social Settlement and Public Pension Policy in Canada and Australia
Beyond the Welfare State: Postwar Social Settlement and Public Pension Policy in Canada and Australia
By Sirvan Karimi

In Beyond the Welfare State, Sirvan Karimi utilizes a synthesis of Marxian class analysis and the power resources model to provide an analytical foundation for the divergent pattern of public pension systems in Canada and Australia.

Published Dec 2016
Purchase for Profit: Public-Private Partnerships and Canada's Public Health Care System
Purchase for Profit: Public-Private Partnerships and Canada's Public Health Care System
By Heather Whiteside

Purchase for Profit will be important for those studying public policy in any of the areas in which public-private partnerships are now being adopted.

Published Aug 2015
Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure
Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure
By Margarita M. Balmaceda

A must-read for anyone interested in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the politics of natural resources, this book reveals the insights gained by looking at post-Soviet development and international relations issues not only from a Moscow-centered perspective, but from that of individual actors in other states.

Published Jul 2015
Democratic Illusion: Deliberative Democracy in Canadian Public Policy
Democratic Illusion: Deliberative Democracy in Canadian Public Policy
By Genevieve Fuji Johnson

Illuminating a critical gap between deliberative democratic theory and its applications, this timely and important study shows what needs to be done to ensure deliberative processes offer more than the illusion of democracy.

Published Apr 2015
Ideas and the Pace of Change: National Pharmaceutical Insurance in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom
Ideas and the Pace of Change: National Pharmaceutical Insurance in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom
By Katherine Boothe

Using archival, interview, and polling data, Katherine Boothe compares the policy histories of Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia in order to understand why Canada followed a different path on pharmaceutical insurance.

Published Apr 2015
Comparing Quebec and Ontario: Political Economy and Public Policy at the Turn of the Millennium
Comparing Quebec and Ontario: Political Economy and Public Policy at the Turn of the Millennium
By Rodney Haddow

In Comparing Quebec and Ontario, Rodney Haddow analyses how budgeting, economic development, social assistance, and child care policies differ between the two provinces. The cause of the differences, he argues, are underlying differences between their political economic institutions.

Published Mar 2015
Transforming Provincial Politics: The Political Economy of Canada's Provinces and Territories in the Neoliberal Era
Transforming Provincial Politics: The Political Economy of Canada's Provinces and Territories in the Neoliberal Era
Edited by Bryan M. Evans and Charles W. Smith

Transforming Provincial Politics is the first province-by-province analysis of politics and political economy in more than a decade, and the first to directly examine the turn to neoliberal policies at the provincial and territorial level.

Published Mar 2015
Learning to School: Federalism and Public Schooling in Canada
Learning to School: Federalism and Public Schooling in Canada
By Jennifer Wallner

Beginning with the earliest provincial education policies and taking readers right up to contemporary policy debates, Learning to School chronicles how, through learning and cooperation, the provinces gradually established a country-wide system of public schooling.

Published May 2014
Copyfight: The Global Politics of Digital Copyright Reform
Copyfight: The Global Politics of Digital Copyright Reform
By Blayne Haggart

Blayne Haggart follows the WIPO treaties from negotiation to implementation from the perspective of three countries: the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Published Apr 2014