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Aiming to Explain

Theories of Policy Change and Canadian Gun Control

by (author) B. Timothy Heinmiller & Matthew A. Hennigar

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Category
Canadian, Immigration, Public Affairs & Administration
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487542337
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $36.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487542320
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $85.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487542351
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $36.95

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Description

Firearms policy has periodically dominated Canadian politics since the late 1960s. Compared to the United States, however, there is little scholarship on firearms policy to the neighbouring north.

 

Using Canadian firearms policy, Aiming to Explain examines five prominent policy process theories employed during the period from the 1989 Montreal Massacre to the 2012 cancellation of the universal firearms registry. Throughout, B. Timothy Heinmiller and Matthew A. Hennigar present rigorous applications of rational choice institutionalism, social constructivism, the advocacy coalition framework, the multiple streams framework, and punctuated equilibrium. The investigations draw on method-based best practices, while also making use of a wide range of data collection and analysis techniques, including inferential statistics, descriptive statistics, process tracing, congruence analysis, and qualitative content analysis.

 

The goal of Aiming to Explain is not to select a single best theory, but to compare their relative strengths and weaknesses in an effort to direct future research and theoretical development efforts in the study of Canadian public policy.

About the authors

B. Timothy Heinmiller is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Brock University where he researches and teaches in the areas of resource management, public policy, and public administration.

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Matthew A. Hennigar is an associate professor in Department of Political Science at Brock University.

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