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Scales, networks and uncertainty : an examination of environmental policy-making in Ontario

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Show simple item record Calvert, Kirby. en_US 2010-02-16T15:45:59Z 2010-02-16T15:45:59Z 2009-02-16T15:45:59Z
dc.description.abstract Through a case-study analysis of Ontario's ethanol policy, this thesis addresses a number of themes that are consequential to policy and policy-making: spatiality, democracy and uncertainty. First, I address the 'spatial debate' in Geography pertaining to the relevance and affordances of a 'scalar' versus a 'flat' ontoepistemology. I argue that policy is guided by prior arrangements, but is by no means inevitable or predetermined. As such, scale and network are pragmatic geographical concepts that can effectively address the issue of the spatiality of policy and policy-making. Second, I discuss the democratic nature of policy-making in Ontario through an examination of the spaces of engagement that facilitate deliberative democracy. I analyze to what extent these spaces fit into Ontario's environmental policy-making process, and to what extent they were used by various stakeholders. Last, I take seriously the fact that uncertainty and unavoidable injustice are central to policy, and examine the ways in which this uncertainty shaped the specifics of Ontario's ethanol policy. Ultimately, this thesis is an exercise in understanding sub-national environmental policy-making in Canada, with an emphasis on how policy-makers tackle the issues they are faced with in the context of environmental change, political-economic integration, local priorities, individual goals, and irreducible uncertainty. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Environmental policy--Ontario. en_US
dc.subject Environmental protection--Ontario. en_US
dc.title Scales, networks and uncertainty : an examination of environmental policy-making in Ontario en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US M.A. Geography en_US Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Geography en_US Faculty of Social Sciences en_US

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