Blue-Green Province
296 pages, 6 x 9
12 illustrations
Release Date:01 Jul 2012
Release Date:25 Jan 2012
Release Date:25 Jan 2012

Blue-Green Province

The Environment and the Political Economy of Ontario

UBC Press

Despite the fact that environmental policy has become increasingly important in Ontario politics since the end of the Second World War, very little scholarship has been devoted to exploring either the development of that policy or the pivotal relationship between the environment and the province’s wider political economy. In Blue-Green Province, Mark Winfield provides the first comprehensive study of environmental policy in Ontario.

A recognized authority in the field, Winfield masterfully explains the formulation and implementation of environmental policy in Canada’s most populous province, tracing its development through the Progressive Conservative dynasty that ruled Ontario politics from the mid-1940s to the mid-1980s, to the dramatically different governments of Premiers Peterson, Rae, Harris, Eves, and McGuinty. He offers particularly trenchant coverage of the little-studied period following the Harris’s Common Sense Revolution, examining the implications of the 1999, 2003, and 2007 elections and their subsequent governments for Ontario’s environment and politics.

Blue-Green Province is a timely, original analysis of one of the most crucial issues in Ontario politics today. It will be welcomed by students, scholars, and practitioners of environmental policy, political science, economics, history, as well as anyone with an interest in Ontario’s environmental and economic future. With the provinces playing increasingly dominant roles in Canadian environmental policy, it will be compelling reading for those following the interplay of environmental policy, politics and economic development across Canada as well.

This comprehensive and accessible study will appeal to scholars, students, and practitioners of environmental policy, political science, public administration, comparative provincial politics, political history, and anyone with an interest in the environment and politics of Ontario.

The first full-length scholarly analysis of its kind for Ontario. The focus on the environment and the comprehensive manner in which the author links environment policy to broader currents in the political economy of the province make this study stand apart ... A very important piece of work that deserves wide dissemination. Gregory J. Inwood, professor of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
Rock-solid scholarship that makes a very significant and original contribution to the field. This book provides a comprehensive integration of all the work on environmental policy in Ontario. To some extent, it deals with matters of life and death; less dramatically, it relates to the whole future livelihood, economic and environmental, of what was once the central engine of Canada’s economy. Rand Dyck, Department of Political Science, Laurentian University
Mark S. Winfield is an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. He was policy and program director with the Pembina Institute from 2001 to 2007, and director of research at the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy from 1992 to 2001. He has written numerous articles on environmental law and policy, and testified at the Walkerton Inquiry as an expert witness on Ontario environmental law and policy affecting drinking water quality.

1 Introduction

2 The Environment and the Dynasty

3 The Environment and Ontario’s Quiet Revolution

4 Sustainable Development, Restructuring, and Recession

5 The Environment and the Common Sense Revolution

6 From Walkerton to McGuinty

7 The Dynasty Redux?

8 Conclusions

Epilogue: The October 2011 Election and Its Implications for Ontario’s Environment and Economy

Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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