Dear colleague,

How Ottawa Spends is an annual publication of the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. Its mandate is to provide analysis and informed commentary on contemporary public policy issues faced by the Government of Canada in the context of Canadian affairs and international developments. Its audience includes public policy practitioners, journalists, and the informed general public, as well as scholars and students of Canadian public policy and administration.

Last year (2017-18 edition) we altered the format of HOS to enhance its readability and appeal to this broad audience. Most of the volume is composed of thought-provoking Policy Briefs of 3000-4000 words designed to explore the options facing the federal government in a particular policy domain and/or recommend policy directions. We will continue to be open to including in each volume a small number of longer Policy Research Papers; these contributions (approximately 7000 words) will provide greater context and depth along the lines of the chapters published in earlier editions of HOS.

The general theme for the 2018-19 edition is the set of issues facing the government in the run-up to the next election. Among the specific policy issues we are especially interested in covering are: dealing with the US and the fallout from the NAFTA negotiations; environment and climate change; tax reform; the ongoing struggles facing Indigenous peoples; defense and the uncertain international environment. Proposals in other areas that fit our general theme are also welcome.

With this call, we invite submissions for either of these two types of contributions. The Policy Briefs and Research Papers will not be peer refereed but will be vetted and edited by the HOS editorial team.

We invite you to send us an abstract (no more than 250 words) for a proposed Policy Brief or Research Paper by November 30, 2017. Please use the Chicago Manual of Style for final submissions. We will respond by the end of December. Submissions will be due at the end of May 2018, and the e-publication of HOS will be out by the end of the summer.

Please send your submission to

Finally, we are pleased to announce that the 2017-18 edition of How Ottawa Spends: Canada @150 is now available online at

Best wishes,

Katherine Graham and Allan Maslove
School of Public Policy and Administration
Carleton University

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