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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

The Integrity Gap

Canada’s Environmental Policy and Institutions

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

The Integrity Gap

Canada’s Environmental Policy and Institutions

This thoughtful collection exposes the gap between rhetoric and performance in Canada’s response to environmental challenges. Canadians, despite their national penchant for environmental discussion, have fallen behind their G-8 peers in both domestic commitments and international actions. In a cogent examination of the issue, eight authors demonstrate how Canada’s configuration of political and economic institutions has limited effective environmental policy. Canadian environmental institutions, the authors argue, have produced an integrity gap: the sustainability rhetoric adopted by policymakers fails to achieve concrete results. In an analysis that penetrates several policy domains and combines various disciplinary, sectoral, and geographic perspectives, the authors demonstrate how Canada fell from leader to laggard within the international environmental community.

304 pages

Table of Contents

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1. Institutions and the Integrity Gap in Canadian Environmental Policy / Eugene Lee and Anthony Perl

2. How Canada's Stumbles with Environmental Risk Management Reflect an Integrity Gap / William Leiss

3. Canadian Environmental Policy and the Natural Resource Sector: Paradoxical Aspects of the Transition to a Post-Staples Political Economy / Michael Howlett

4. International Institutions and the Framing of Canada's Climate Change Policy: Mitigating or Masking the Integrity Gap? / Steven Bernstein

5. Energy Mixes and Future Scenarios: The Nuclear Option Deconstructed / Michael D. Mehta

6. Participatory Management and Sustainability: Evolving Policy and Practice in a Mountain Environment / Fikret Berkes, Jay Anderson, Colin Duffield, J.S. Gardner, A.J. Sinclair, and Greg Stevens

7. Policy Communities and Environmental Policy Integrity: A Tale of Two Canadian Urban Air Quality Initiatives / Anthony Perl

8. Integrity of Land-Use and Transportation Planning in the Greater Toronto Area / Richard Gilbert

9. Toronto's Exhibition Place: Closing the Integrity Gap between a Nineteenth-Century Fairground and a Sustainable Twenty-First-Century City / David Gurin

10. Conclusion / Anthony Perl and Eugene Lee

Notes on Contributors


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