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.
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.
Figures and Tables Acknowledgments 1 Critical Policy Studies / Michael Orsini and Miriam Smith Part 1: Political Economy 2 Political Economy and Canadian Public Policy / Peter Graefe 3 Policy Analysis in an Era of "Globalization": Capturing Spatial Dimensions and Scalar Strategies / Rianne Mahon, Caroline Andrew, and Robert Johnson Part 2: Citizens and Diversity 4 Citizen Engagement: Rewiring the Policy Process / Rachel Laforest and Susan Phillips 5 Queering Public Policy: A Canadian Perspective / Miriam Smith 6 Gender Mainstreaming in the Canadian Context: "One Step Forward and Two Steps Back" / Olena Hankivsky 7 Political Science, Race, Ethnicity, and Public Policy / Yasmeen Abu-Laban Part 3: Discourse and Knowledge 8 Governmentality and the Shifting Winds of Policy Studies / Karen Bridget Murray 9 Agenda-Setting and Issue Definition / Stuart N. Soroka 10 Scientists, Government, and "Boundary Work": The Case of Reproductive Technologies and Genetic Engineering in Canada / Francesca Scala 11 Between Respect and Control: Traditional Indigenous Knowledge in Canadian Public Policy / Frances Abele 12 Framing Environmental Policy: Aboriginal Rights and the Conservation of Migratory Birds / Luc Juillet Part 4: Risky Subjects 13 From the Welfare State to the Social Investment State: A New Paradigm for Canadian Social Policy? / Denis Saint-Martin 14 Canadian Post-9/11 Border Policy and Spillover Securitization: Smart, Safe, Sovereign? / Mark B. Salter 15 The Permanent-Emergency Compensation State: A "Postsocialist" Tale of Political Dystopia / Matt James 16 Discourses in Distress: From "Health Promotion" to "Population Health" to "You Are Responsible for Your Own Health" / Michael Orsini Contributors Index