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Book Celebration: Remaking Policy: Scale, Pace and Political Strategy in Health Care Reform

Join us for a celebration of Remaking Policy: Scale, Pace and Political Strategy in Health Care Reform as the author, Carolyn Tuohy, reflects on how the framework presented in the book might be relevant for post-pandemic policy.

Focusing on health care policy but with an eye to the policy process at large, Tuohy argues for a more nuanced conception of the dynamics of policy change, one that distinguishes between the opening of opportunities for change and the magnitude of the changes that then occur. Four possible strategies emerge: large-scale and fast-paced (“big bang”), large-scale and slow-paced (“blueprint”), small-scale and rapid (“mosaic”), and small-scale and gradual (“incremental”). As Tuohy demonstrates, these strategies are determined not by political and institutional conditions themselves, but by the ways in which political actors, individually and collectively, read those conditions to assess their prospects for success in the present and over time.

Drawing on interviews as well as primary and secondary accounts of ten health policy cases over seven decades (1945—2015) in the US, UK, the Netherlands, and Canada, Remaking Policy represents a major advance in understanding the scale and pace of change in health policy and beyond.

Remaking Policy is available through the University of Toronto Press.


May 10 2021


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Carolyn Tuohy
    Carolyn Tuohy
    Carolyn Tuohy is a professor emeritus of political science and distinguished fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, specializing in comparative public policy. Her most recent book is Remaking Policy: Scale, Pace and Political Strategy in Health Care Reform (University of Toronto Press 2018). She is currently working on a study of long-term care policy in Canada in comparative perspective, and a book on the power of narrative discourse in public policy. She was Founding Fellow of the School of Public Policy and Governance (now merged with the Munk School), and is a Senior Fellow at Massey College and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • Chaviva Hosek
    Chaviva Hosek
    For over a generation Chaviva Hosek has worked at the nexus of policy and politics in Canada. She has done this while wearing many hats—feminist activist, Ontario provincial politician, director of policy and research to the Prime Minister of Canada, CEO of a Canadian based international research organization (CIFAR), board member of several business corporations, and Professor of Public Policy. Now thoroughly retired from paid work she is a Senior Fellow at Massey College. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
  • Nathalie Des Rosiers
    Nathalie Des Rosiers
    Principal, Massey College
    Nathalie Des Rosiers is the Principal of Massey College. From 2016-2019, she was MPP representing the riding of Ottawa-Vanier. She was Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry from January to June 2018. Prior to politics, she was the Dean of Law, Common Law at the University of Ottawa (2013-2016), General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (2009-2013), Vice-President, Governance , University of Ottawa (2008-2009), Dean of Law, Civil Law (2004-2008) and President of the LAW Commission of Canada (2000-2004). With Peter Oliver and Patrick Macklem, she co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Canadian Constitutional Law (2017). She also wrote with Louise Langevin and Marie-Pier Nadeau, L’indemnisation des victimes de violence sexuelle et conjugale (Prix Walter Owen, 2014). She has received the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, honorary doctorates from Université UCL (Belgium) and the Law Society of Ontario, le Prix Christine Tourigny (Barreau du Québec) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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