Policy capacity for climate change in Canada's transportation sector

Newman, Joshua, Perl, Anthony, Wellstead, Adam and McNutt, Kathleen (2013) Policy capacity for climate change in Canada's transportation sector. Review of Policy Research, 30 1: 19-41. doi:10.1111/ropr.12001

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Author Newman, Joshua
Perl, Anthony
Wellstead, Adam
McNutt, Kathleen
Title Policy capacity for climate change in Canada's transportation sector
Journal name Review of Policy Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1541-1338
Publication date 2013-01-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ropr.12001
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 30
Issue 1
Start page 19
End page 41
Total pages 23
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract When pursuing change, legacies of policy goals and instruments from an established paradigm often present constraints on fully embracing a newer paradigm, resulting in the layering of new policy goals and instruments on top of the existing base. In this article, we investigate the effect of layered paradigms on policy capacity at three different levels of policy making in the Canadian transportation sector. Using analysis of government publications and budget data, virtual policy network analysis, quantitative analysis of data from a survey of Canadian policy analysts, and direct interviews with policy managers in two provinces, we demonstrate how this layering of legacy goals (and consequent policy incapacity) is occurring at the macro, meso, and micro levels of policy making. We conclude that the layering of a new policy paradigm for climate change on top of the established paradigm for transportation development constrains policy capacity in this subsystem.
Keyword Policy capacity
Climate change
Virtual policy networks
Policy layering
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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