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A Teaching Topic in Intergovernmental and Global Context

The Global Context

This topic deals with the implications of ongoing developments in the international political economy for the processes and substance of policy-making in Canada. It considers the implications of globalization for democracy and national sovereignty.

Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Policy Transfer; Catch-Up Effect; Fragile State; Globalization; Globalization System; Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers; Intergovernmental Organization; Intergovernmental Relations; Internationalization; Intrastate Federalism; Structural Theories of Globalization; Trade Liberalization; Capital Flight; Capital Mobility.

Topic Learning Outcome: Upon mastering this topic, students will recognize the constraints that international norms and institutions place on policymakers in advanced democracies.  Students will be able to make connections between developments on the global stage and domestic policy choices in Canada.

Recommended Reading (University of Toronto PPG-1000) 

Cashore, Benjamin and Steven Bernstein. 2000. “Globalization, Four Paths of Internationalization and Domestic Policy Change: The Case of Eco-forestry Policy Change in British Columbia, Canada.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 33(2000):67-99.

Choudhry, Sujit. 2007. “Does the World Need More Canada.” International Journal of Constitutional Law 5(4):606-638.

Hoberg, George, Keith G. Banting and Richard Simeon. 2002. “The Scope of Domestic Choice: Policy Autonomy in a Globalizing World.” In Capacity for Choice: Canada in a New North America, ed. George Hoberg. Toronto: UTP.

Source: PPG-1000 Syllabus, 2012.

Sample Assessment Questions:

1.)   What is policy diffusion? Provide two recent examples of this phenomenon.

2.)   Opponents of international trade agreements including NAFTA and the TPP sometimes claim that these agreements weaken national sovereignty and constrict the choices available to domestic policymakers in advanced democracies. In a short two-page paper, discuss why you either agree or disagree with these claims.

3.)   What is policy convergence? What are some of the forces that drive convergence between policy choices in different jurisdictions?

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