IN MEMORIAM Associate Professor
Community engagement in neighbourhood urban planning; emergency management and preparedness; intergovernmental relations; regulation, procurement and accountability
- Recipient of the SPPA Teaching Award 2020
- Recipient of the SPPA Teaching Award 2017
- Recipient of the Carleton University teaching award 2010
- Recipient of the Faculty of Public Affairs teaching award 2009
- Recipient of the MA Graduate teaching award 2005-6; 2017
- Nominated for university teaching award 2004-5, 2005-6 and 2008-9
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Announcing the launch of the Christopher Stoney Student Experience Fund
We are pleased to announce the launch of the The Christopher Stoney Student Experience Fund. On the 80th Anniversary of the School of Public Policy and Administration, friends...
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Christopher Stoney: Policy-making, policy-taking, and policy-shaping: Local government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic
We are pleased to share a final paper of the late SPPA Professor Christopher Stoney "Policy-making,...
Cooperatives and Renewable Energy – potential lessons learned from Alaska for Nunavut, 2017-present
(co-supervisor with advisor James Meadowdroft)
How Ottawa Spends 2016 – 2017 : The Trudeau Liberals in Power
Ottawa, ON, CA: Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy
How Ottawa Spends: The Liberal Rise and the Tory Demise 2015-2016
Green-Lite: 50 Years of Canadian Environmental Policy, Democracy and Governance
Anchored in the core literature on natural resources, energy production, and environmental analysis, Green-lite is a critical examination of Canadian environmental policy, governance, and politics drawing out key policy and governance patterns to show that the Canadian story is one of complexity and often weak performance.
Making a compelling argument for deeper historical analysis of environmental policy and situating environmental concerns within political and fiscal agendas, the authors provide extended discussions on three relatively new features of environmental policy: the federal-cities and urban sustainability regime, the federal-municipal infrastructure regime, and the regime of agreements with NGOs and businesses that often relegate governments to observing participants rather than being policy leaders. They probe the Harper era’s muzzling of environmental science and scientists, Canada’s oil sands energy and resource economy, and the government’s core Alberta and Western Canadian political base.
How Ottawa Spends 2014-2015: The Harper Government: Good to Go?
The 2014-15 edition of How Ottawa Spends critically examines national politics and related fiscal, economic, and social priorities and policies, with an emphasis on the now long-running Harper-linked Senate scandal and the serious challenges to Harper’s leadership and controlling style of attack politics.
Contributors from across Canada examine the Conservative government agenda both in terms of its macroeconomic fiscal policy and electoral success since 2006 and also as it plans for a 2015 electoral victory with the aid of a healthy surplus budgetary war chest. Individual chapters examine several closely linked political, policy, and spending realms including the growing strength and nature of the Justin Trudeau-led Liberal Party challenge, the 2014 Harper Economic Action Plan, the demise of federal environmental policy under Harper’s responsible resource development strategy, the Conservative’s crime and punishment agenda, the growing evidence regarding the federal government’s muzzling of scientists and evidence in federal policy formation, and the now five-year story of the Harper creation, treatment, and role of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
How Ottawa Spends 2013-14: The Harper Government: Mid-term Blues and Long-term Plans
The 2013-14 edition of How Ottawa Spends critically examines national politics, priorities, and policies with a close lens on Stephen Harper’s Conservative party during the middle of their first term as a majority.
Contributors from across Canada examine the federal government and its not uncommon mid-term problems but also its considerable agenda of long term plans, both set in the midst of national economic fragility and a global fiscal and debt crisis. Individual chapters examine several related political, policy, and spending realms including the Budget Action Plan, the ten year Canada Health Transfer Plan, the Canada Pension Plan, and Old Age Security reforms. The contributors also consider austerity related public sector downsizing and strategic spending reviews, national energy, and related environmental strategies, and the growing Harper practice of “one-off” federalism.
How Ottawa Spends 2012-13, ‘The Harper Majority, Budget Cuts, and the New Opposition’
Continuing its tradition of current, exemplary scholarship, the 2012-13 edition of How Ottawa Spends casts a critical eye at national politics, priorities, and policies, with an emphasis on the Conservative majority’s mandated austerity measures and budget-cutting strategies.
Leading scholars from across Canada examine a new era of majority government and a transformed political opposition both in Parliament and in provincial politics. Several closely linked political, policy, and spending realms are examined, including corporate tax reform, Conservative Party social policy, regional economic development, science and technology investments, Canada-US perimeter security and trade agreements, the rise and fall of regulatory regimes, and Canadian health care. Related governance issues such as federal infrastructure program impacts, the Harper government’s Economic Action Plan impacts in Ontario, and community colleges in the federal innovation agenda, are also discussed in detail.
How Ottawa Spends 2011-12, “Trimming Fat or Slicing Pork”
Continuing its tradition of timely and exemplary scholarship, the 2011-2012 edition of How Ottawa Spends examines national politics, priorities, and policies, with an emphasis on the austerity measures and budget cutting strategy of the Harper Conservative government; it also includes an analysis of the outcome of the federal election in May 2011.
Leading scholars from across Canada examine a new era of “life under the knife” in the context of the Harper agenda after five years in power, the partisan calculus of a minority Parliament, and a deep global recession still in crisis mode. Given the budget-related pressure for an election, the book poses questions about the degree to which the budget agenda involves the political arts of “trimming fat” versus “slicing the pork” of partisan spending. Several closely linked political, policy, and spending realms are examined, including economic stimulus, environmental assessment, energy and climate change, health care, science and technology, immigration, and northern strategy (including affordable housing). Related governance issues such as the use of new media, regulatory budget cuts, Industry Canada as an economic regulator, and federal compensation costs are also discussed in detail.
How Ottawa Spends 2010-2011, ‘Reform and Realignment in a time of Crisis’
Continuing the excellent standards and traditions of timely scholarship, the 2010-2011 edition of How Ottawa Spends critically examines national politics, priorities, and policies with emphasis on federal economic and social spending. Given the political and budgetary challenges posed by the recession, this year’s instalment pays close attention to the growing fiscal deficit.
Informed authors from across Canada examine recession-related policy fields, including the Canadian banking system, new industrial policy pressures such as the automotive industry bailout, policies in science, technology, and innovation, and suggestions about how to resist the United States’ “buy America” trade policies. The chapters in this volume also consider Canada’s national, regional, and political divisiveness, the impact of the dynamic Obama Administration on Canadian domestic affairs, and governance during a time of minority government.
Research and Innovation Policy: Changing Federal Government – University Relations
In an increasingly knowledge-based economy, Canadian universities are important spaces for the development of research and innovation in many areas. This collection is the first systematic examination of the evolving relationship between the federal government and Canadian universities as revealed through changes in federal research and innovation policies.
Focusing on the last two decades of federal policy under the Chrétien and Martin Liberal governments and the Harper Conservative government, Research and Innovation Policy considers issues such as the transformation of federal research granting bodies, the creation of new research infrastructure funding organizations such as the Canada Foundation for Innovation, pressures and incentives to create intellectual property and to commercialize, and the regulation of research ethics. With timely essays ranging in scope from the regulation of research ethics to the pressures of commercialization, Research and Innovation Policy is essential reading for any student or scholar committed to the well-being of higher education in Canada.
Keeping Canada Running: Infrastructure and the Future of Governance in a Pandemic World
The federal government’s promises to “build back better” and “build back green” highlight opportunities to reimagine Canadian infrastructure. In this groundbreaking study, authors Bruce Doern, Christopher Stoney, and Robert Hilton provide the first comprehensive overview of Canadian infrastructure policy, examining the impact and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and rapid technological change as Canada looks to recover and rebuild.
- April 2, 2021
The future of public transportation uncertain in post-pandemic times (Capital Current)
- June 25, 2020
Glebe BIA seeks to turf local councillor over ‘adversarial approach’ (CBC)
- February 27, 2020
SPPA Takes Gold Medal at National Public Administration Case Competition (FPA News)
- March 1, 2019
Carleton Hosts National Case Study Competition Examining Public Policy Issues (Carleton Newsroom)
- October 4, 2017
Phoenix creators helped build failed pay system’s business case (CBC)
- June 28, 2016
Operations for LRT tunnel secret for VIP visits to Ottawa (Ottawa Citizen)
- April 1, 2016
Straight To the Top: How Cities Look to the Feds for Support (FPA News)
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