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Ideas And Collaborative Governance: A Discursive Localism Approach, Neil Bradford Dec 2014

Ideas And Collaborative Governance: A Discursive Localism Approach, Neil Bradford

Neil Bradford

In recent years, interest has grown in collaboration in public policy. Responding to the complex issues now playing out in cities, scholars are focusing on localized governance relations that blur boundaries between public, private, and community sectors. This article introduces discursive localism as a framework to understand better collaborative urban governance. It argues that ideas play a pivotal role in motivating collective action, channeling policy resources, and shaping governance relations. Although recent urban-focused accounts of collective action suggest a role for ideas, systematic attention to their normative-philosophical and cognitive-programmatic dimensions reveals how different policy discourses frame incentives and institutions for ...


“China’S 1989 Choice: The Paradox Of Seeking Wealth And Democracy,” (With Joseph O'Mahoney)., Zheng Wang Jul 2014

“China’S 1989 Choice: The Paradox Of Seeking Wealth And Democracy,” (With Joseph O'Mahoney)., Zheng Wang

Zheng Wang

No abstract provided.


“Bad Memories, Good Dream: The Legacy Of Historical Memory And China’S Foreign Policy,”, Zheng Wang Jun 2014

“Bad Memories, Good Dream: The Legacy Of Historical Memory And China’S Foreign Policy,”, Zheng Wang

Zheng Wang

No abstract provided.


The Chinese Dream: Concept And Context, Zheng Wang Dec 2013

The Chinese Dream: Concept And Context, Zheng Wang

Zheng Wang

No abstract provided.


Governing Regional Economic Development: Innovation Challenges And Policy Learning In Canada, Neil Bradford, David Wolfe May 2013

Governing Regional Economic Development: Innovation Challenges And Policy Learning In Canada, Neil Bradford, David Wolfe

Neil Bradford

Regional development policy offers a fascinating window on the interplay between the spatial distribution of economic activity and the interaction across multiple levels of government. Canada provides a compelling case to examine the theory and practice of regional development due to the diverse nature of its economy, the decentralised nature of its federation and more than five decades of federal policy activism. This article explores Canada's six regional development agencies, adopting an organisational learning lens to explain a paradigm shift in policy from redistribution to innovation. Two prominent traditions in regional studies--'nested scales' of economic innovation and 'multi-level ...


Territory And Local Development: A Place-Based Perspective, Neil Bradford Dec 2011

Territory And Local Development: A Place-Based Perspective, Neil Bradford

Neil Bradford

No abstract provided.


“American Conspiracy: Strategic Suspicion And U.S. Reengagement In Asia.”, Zheng Wang Dec 2010

“American Conspiracy: Strategic Suspicion And U.S. Reengagement In Asia.”, Zheng Wang

Zheng Wang

No abstract provided.


Economic Ideas And Development Strategy: The Case Of London Ontario, Neil Bradford Dec 2009

Economic Ideas And Development Strategy: The Case Of London Ontario, Neil Bradford

Neil Bradford

The past two decades in Canada have witnessed significant economic restructuring and public policy innovation. While most research concentrates on federal recovery plans and provincial adjustment strategies, this article makes the case for studying actors and places on the restructuring front lines. Offering an ideational analysis of change dynamics in London, Ontario, a mid-sized manufacturing city, the article reveals a pattern of incremental policy adjustment even as bold ideas contesting the status quo were brought forward. Arguing that particular institutional-political settings operative at different governance scales shape the policy influence of ideas, the article situates the London experience in broader ...


Canadian Social Policy In The 2000s: Bringing Place In, Neil Bradford Jan 2009

Canadian Social Policy In The 2000s: Bringing Place In, Neil Bradford

Neil Bradford

No abstract provided.


Learning Through Evaluation? Reflections On Two Federal Community-Building Initiatives, Neil Bradford, Jill Chouinard Dec 2008

Learning Through Evaluation? Reflections On Two Federal Community-Building Initiatives, Neil Bradford, Jill Chouinard

Neil Bradford

In recent years, the federal government has launched numerous pilot projects to tackle complex, localized policy problems through new modes of governance involving vertical engagement with community-based organizations and horizontal collaboration across departments. A key purpose of these time-limited projects is policy learning, with an emphasis on action research and stakeholder dialogue to inform future innovation. However, realizing the possibilities for learning through pilot projects requires evaluation frameworks sensitive to the particular challenges of collaborative and community-based policy making. Through comparative case study analysis of two recent federal pilot projects, we highlight tensions in prevailing approaches and explore strategies for ...


Old Wounds, New Narratives: Joint History Textbook Writing And Peacebuilding In East Asia, Zheng Wang Dec 2008

Old Wounds, New Narratives: Joint History Textbook Writing And Peacebuilding In East Asia, Zheng Wang

Zheng Wang

No abstract provided.


National Humiliation, History Education, And The Politics Of Historical Memory, Zheng Wang Nov 2008

National Humiliation, History Education, And The Politics Of Historical Memory, Zheng Wang

Zheng Wang

No abstract provided.


Placing Social Policy? Reflections On Canada’S New Deal For Cities And Communities, Neil Bradford Dec 2006

Placing Social Policy? Reflections On Canada’S New Deal For Cities And Communities, Neil Bradford

Neil Bradford

This article analyses the New Deal for Cities and Communities pursued by the federal Liberal government between 2004 and 2006. Situating the initiative in broader urban policy debates about the merits of place-based interventions in tackling problems of poverty and exclusion, it is argued that the New Deal represented a novel attempt at "interscalar policy coordination" within Canadian federalism. Three specific policy tools are identified as central to the New Deal framework-municipal revenue transfers; urban development agreements; and community action research. To understand the New Deal's impact, the implementation of these tools is explored in the context of the ...


Remembering And Forgetting The War: Elite Mythmaking, Mass Reaction, And Sino-Japanese Relations, 1950-2006, Yinan He Dec 2006

Remembering And Forgetting The War: Elite Mythmaking, Mass Reaction, And Sino-Japanese Relations, 1950-2006, Yinan He

Yinan He

Ruling elites often make pernicious national myths for instrumental purposes, creating divergent historical memories of the same events in different countries. But they tend to exploit international history disputes only when they feel insecure domestically. Societal reactions to elite mythmaking, reflected in radicalized public opinion, can reinforce history disputes. During the 1950s–1970s, China avoided history disputes with Japan to focus on geostrategic interests. Only from the early 1980s did domestic political incentives motivate Beijing to attack Japanese historical memory and promote assertive nationalism through patriotic history propaganda, which radicalized Chinese popular views about Japan. Media highlighting of Japan’s ...


Culture, Apology, And International Negotiation: The Case Of The Sino-U.S. ‘Spy Plane’ Crisis, Zheng Wang Dec 2004

Culture, Apology, And International Negotiation: The Case Of The Sino-U.S. ‘Spy Plane’ Crisis, Zheng Wang

Zheng Wang

No abstract provided.


Place Matters And Multi-Level Governance: Perspectives On A New Urban Policy Paradigm, Neil Bradford Jan 2004

Place Matters And Multi-Level Governance: Perspectives On A New Urban Policy Paradigm, Neil Bradford

Neil Bradford

No abstract provided.


The Floating Island: Change Of Paradigm On The Taiwan Question, Zheng Wang Dec 2003

The Floating Island: Change Of Paradigm On The Taiwan Question, Zheng Wang

Zheng Wang

No abstract provided.


Public-Private Partnership? Shifting Paradigms Of Economic Governance In Ontario, Neil Bradford Nov 2003

Public-Private Partnership? Shifting Paradigms Of Economic Governance In Ontario, Neil Bradford

Neil Bradford

In recent years, many governments have embraced new modes of economic governance that rely on public-private partnerships. These forms of governance effectively devolve authority and responsibility from the state, and instead rely on the policy networks found in civil society. This article argues that despite the general enthusiasm for such decentralized collaboration, there is significant variation in its meaning and practice. Comparing the public-private partnership strategies of two governments in Ontario in the 1990s, the article analyzes the origins and progress of two distinctive governance paradigms, looking for signs of economic innovation. The case studies demonstrate that each of the ...


Renewing Social Democracy? Beyond The Third Way, Neil Bradford Dec 2001

Renewing Social Democracy? Beyond The Third Way, Neil Bradford

Neil Bradford

No abstract provided.


Writing Public Philosophy: Canada's Royal Commissions On Everything, Neil Bradford Dec 1999

Writing Public Philosophy: Canada's Royal Commissions On Everything, Neil Bradford

Neil Bradford

This article explores the contributions to Canadian policy development and policy thought of three royal commissions of political-economic inquiry: the 1940 Royal Commission on Dominion-Provincial Relations; the 1958 Royal Commission on Canada's Economic Prospects; and the 1985 Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada. Each commission is examined through tree areas of concern: The context for its appointment, the content of its report and the nature of its subsequent influence.


The Policy Influence Of Ideas: Interests, Institutions And Innovation In Canada, Neil Bradford Dec 1998

The Policy Influence Of Ideas: Interests, Institutions And Innovation In Canada, Neil Bradford

Neil Bradford

No abstract provided.


Prospects For Associative Governance: Lessons From Ontario, Canada, Neil Bradford Nov 1998

Prospects For Associative Governance: Lessons From Ontario, Canada, Neil Bradford

Neil Bradford

The writer considers the prospects for the strategic construction of associative governance in liberal politics and capitalistic economies, taking as an example Ontario, Canada, which is one of North America's leading associative democratic laboratories. He examines innovative dynamics in three discrete but interrelated fields that constituted the policy foundation of an effort undertaken between 1985 and 1995 to build a new partnership-based governance regime mandated to put in place a diversifies quality production restructuring project. The fields that he explores are occupational health and safety, labor market training, and industrial development. He points out that the outcome of Ontario ...


Which Ideas Matter When? From Technocratic Keynesianism To Neo-Liberalism, Neil Bradford Dec 1997

Which Ideas Matter When? From Technocratic Keynesianism To Neo-Liberalism, Neil Bradford

Neil Bradford

No abstract provided.