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Policy Reversal

A dramatic change in a government's policy approach to a given issue.

(Ben Eisen, MPP Graduate 2009)


For example, imagine an Ontario provincial government, which, for a period of years, maintained that it would not privatize the LCBO because doing so would deprive the province of a needed source of annual revenue. If, one day, this same government announced that it had decided to proceed with the privatization of the LCBO, this would be a policy reversal.


Leslie Pal uses the term "policy reversal" in a specific way, to describe the changes in key policies during the early 1990s that have altered key social and political systems built up in the postwar period in both the developed and developing world.


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