series event

Remaking Policy: Scale, Pace and Political Strategy in Health Care Reform

Abstract - Carolyn Hughes Tuohy will speak about her new book, Remaking Policy: Scale, Pace and Political Strategy in Health Care Reform, to be released by University of Toronto Press on April 25, 2018.  The book presents a new theoretical framework for addressing perennial questions about the drivers of policy change. It argues that the scale and pace of major policy change - change that alters the balance of power, the methods of control or the organizing principles of a policy arena – are fundamentally driven by political calculations at the centre of government, as political actors assess their ability to overcome vetoes not only in the present but also over time. The book develops this argument by drawing on ten cases of health policy change across seven decades (1945-2017) and four nations (the United States, Britain, the Netherlands and Canada).  In her talk Prof. Tuohy will pay particular attention to policy change in England under Labour from 1997-2010 and under the Coalition government after 2010.

Biography - Carolyn Tuohy specialises in comparative public policy, particularly social policy. She holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Her publications include Accidental Logics: the Dynamics of Change in the Health Care Arena in the United States, Britain and Canada (Oxford University Press 1999) and Policy and Politics in Canada: Institutionalized Ambivalence (Temple University Press 1992), a treatment of Canadian public policy in comparative perspective. She is the co-editor of Exploring Social Insurance: Can a Dose of Europe Cure Canadian Health Care Finance? (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008).

In addition she is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters in the areas of health and social policy, professional regulation, and comparative approaches in public policy, and is frequently consulted by government and related agencies on public policy matters. From 1992-2005 she held a number of senior administrative positions at the University of Toronto, including Deputy Provost and Vice-President, Government and Institutional Relations. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

The Faculty of Public Health and Policy Seminar Series provides a forum for presenting current research on health systems and policy in low-, middle- and high-income countries. The series covers empirical research, theoretical and methodological issues, and gives an opportunity for staff and students to participate in debate and learn about new developments in health systems and policy research.

Series organised by: Dina Balabanova and Alec Fraser


Free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.