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Canadian Federalism and Change in Policy Attention: A Comparison with the United Kingdom

Abstract : Federal systems empower multiple policy actors from different levels of governments. For some scholars, the disagreements arising within such a diverse group of actors create policy stalemates. Others contend instead that new ideas are more likely to arise and diffuse from such a diverse group. This article is a contribution to this scholarly debate, proposing an original contribution on policy agendas. It argues that both perspectives are useful to understanding the dynamic of policy making within federal systems. Looking at change in policy attention in Canadian and British speeches from the throne, the article argues that federalism constrains change immediately following a party turnover in government. In the following years, however, federal arrangements encourage larger changes in policy attention than arrangements where power is centralized.
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Eric Montpetit, Martial Foucault. Canadian Federalism and Change in Policy Attention: A Comparison with the United Kingdom. Canadian Journal of Political Science / Revue canadienne de science politique, 2012, 45 (3), pp.635-656. ⟨10.1017/S0008423912000741⟩. ⟨hal-03415382⟩

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