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Political Science Economic Policy

Public Inquiries

A Scholar's Engagements with the Policy-Making Process

by (author) Michael J. Trebilcock

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2022
Economic Policy, General, Economic Conditions
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An internationally renowned scholar of law and economics, Michael J. Trebilcock has spent over fifty years teaching and researching at the intersection between ideas, interests, and institutions. In Public Inquiries, Trebilcock reflects on his extensive experiences and sheds light on the role of scholars in engaging with the Canadian public policy-making process.


Drawing on a number of case studies, Public Inquiries gives an informed overview of the role of ideas and interests in shaping the policy-making process. Trebilcock takes readers through his personal experiences and what he has learned throughout his career. He puts forward general lessons about the public policy-making process and reform in areas including consumer protection, competition policy, trade policy, electricity reform, and legal aid.


By showing that not all experiences have been triumphant, and that disappointments can be as revealing as successes, Trebilcock draws out personal lessons and insights with a view to improving the structure and effectiveness of public inquiries.

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Michael Trebilcock holds the Chair in Law and Economics in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

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