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Vandna Bhatia

Comparative public policy; Health policy; Social policy; Canadian public policy and politics

Degrees:BSc, MHSc (Toronto) PhD (McMaster)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3514
Office:Office of the Dean of Public Affairs, D391 Loeb Building

Assistant Professor

Professor Bhatia holds a PhD in Public Policy (2005) from McMaster University, a Master of Health Science in Health Administration (1993) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1989), both from the University of Toronto.

Professor Bhatia’s research is in the fields of comparative public policy and Canadian politics. She has a particular interest in the role of ideas and discourse in the politics of health care reform, and how political discourses shape the construction of policy problems and the strategies and solutions proposed to address them.

Her teaching draws on her research interests: she teaches courses in comparative public policy, theories of public policy at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She also teaches undergraduate research methods.

Selected Publications

Bhatia, V. and M. Haussman (2015). Internal Variations in Health-Care Federalism in Canada and the US. Revue Fédéralisme Régionalisme, 14. 

Bhatia, V. and M. Orsini (2014) Narrating Sustainability in Canadian Health Care Reform Discourse, Social Policy and Administration, doi: 10.1111/spol.12103

Bhatia, V. (2011). Health Policy. In C. Stoney and G.B. Doern (eds.), How Ottawa Spends 2011-2012: Trimming Fat or Slicing Pork? Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.

Bhatia V., (2010). Social Rights, Civil Rights, and Health Reform in Canada. Governance, Vol. 23, no. 1, 2010, pp. 37–58.

Bhatia, V. (2005). Public Policy. In Joan Grace and Byron Sheldrick, Eds., Canadian Politics: Critical Reflections. Pearson.

Bhatia V. and W.D. Coleman (2003). Ideas and discourse: Reform and resistance in the German and Canadian health systems. Canadian Journal of Political Science 36(4): 715-740. [Reprinted in Theodore Marmor and Claus Wendt, eds. (2011). Reforming Health Care Systems. Edward Elgar Press.]

Charles, C., J. Lomas, M. Giacomini, V. Bhatia and V. Vincent (1997). The role of medical necessity in Canadian health policy: Four meanings and … a funeral? Milbank Quarterly 75(3): 365-394.