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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Misplaced Distrust

Policy Networks and the Environment in France, the United States, and Canada

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Misplaced Distrust

Policy Networks and the Environment in France, the United States, and Canada

Citizens of industrialized countries largely share a sense that national and international governance is inadequate, believing not only that public authorities are incapable of making the right policy decisions, but also that the entire network of state and civil society actors responsible for the discussion, negotiation, and implementation of policy choices is untrustworthy. Using agro-environmental policy development in France, the United States, and Canada as case studies, Éric Montpetit sets out to investigate the validity of this distrust through careful attention to the performance of the relevant policy networks. He concludes that distrust in policy networks is, for the most part, misplaced because high levels of performance by policy networks are more common than many political analysts and citizens expect.

168 pages


Table of Contents

Tables

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

1. Introduction

2. Assessing Policy-Making Performance

3. Networks and Performance

4. France: A Shift from Low- to High-Level Performance

5. The United States: Performance in the Absence of Intergovernmental Coordination

6. Canada: Stalled at a Low Performance Level

7. Misplaced Distrust

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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