The Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy (CSIP) invites all students, faculty and researchers interested in the study of science, technology and innovation policy to participate in a bi-weekly research forum. Each forum involves a quick roundtable of introductions, a review of topical policy issues, one or more brief research reports and general discussion about research strategies and methods that are being or could be used to examine various angles of the policy system. You can simply drop in and listen or offer to present some of your findings.

CSIP Forum ~ The Past and Future of Carbon Pricing in Canada and Australia

PRESENTED BY: Jeremy Rayner, JSGS Professor

How did we arrive at the carbon pricing options contained in the federal Climate Change Framework and why was the Trudeau government so convinced that the provinces would happily agree to such an obvious challenge to their authority? Why did the Liberals further suppose they would be spared the bitter infighting over climate change policy that has been such a feature of Australian politics in recent years, leading one commentator to call it “a form of madness”? These outcomes are all the more surprising since carbon pricing is a highly technical subject promoted and defended largely by a dedicated instrument constituency of academic economists and policy analysts.  The case presents a fascinating example of the interaction of politics and policy and an occasion to modify John Kingdon’s famous analysis of “the power of an idea whose time has come”.

Event Details

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST
Canada Room, Diefenbaker Building, University of Saskatchewan / CB330, College Avenue Campus, University of Regina
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Karen Jaster-Laforge