Passing the Buck is the first in-depth study of the impact of federalism on Canadian environmental policy. The book takes a detailed look at the ongoing debate on the subject and traces the evolution of the role of the federal government in environmental policy and federal-provincial relations concerning the environment from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. The author challenges the widespread assumption that federal and provincial governments invariably compete to extend their jurisdiction. Using well-researched case studies and extensive research to support her argument, the author points out that the combination of limited public attention to the environment and strong opposition from potentially regulated interests yields significant political costs and limited political benefits. As a result, for the most part, the federal government has been content to leave environmental protection to the provinces. In effect, the federal system has allowed the federal government to pass the buck to the provinces and shirk the political challenge of environmental protection.
About the author
Kathryn Harrison is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia.
- Winner, K.D. Srivastava Award, UBC Press
Well-structured chapters with concise conclusions … For individuals working with environmental protection policy this book should provide a greater understanding of the process … Kathryn Harrison has proved an interesting look at the workings of federal government policy setting.
Canadian Field Naturalist