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Briefing Note - Fostering Evidence-informed Policy Making: Uncertainty Versus Ambiguity
 624 K by Paul Cairney for the NCCHPP, 2019.

Webinar - Punctuated Equilibrium Model for Influencing Public Policies: Practical Implications for Public Health. Click to watch and listen to the recording of the webinar.

An Introduction to Punctuated Equilibrium: A Model for Understanding Stability and Dramatic Change in Public Policies
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Keywords in Healthy Public Policy
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Understanding Policy Developments and Choices Through the “3-i” Framework: Interests, Ideas and Institutions
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Evidence and Healthy Public Policy: Insights from Health and Political Sciences
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Policy frameworks and public health influence
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Annotated Bibliography: Public Policy Processes
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EBPM - Evidence-based Policy Making. On the site Paul Cairney: Politics and Public Policy.

Tools for Policy Impact: A Handbook for Researchers.
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An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making. Third Edition. Birkland, T.A. (2010). M.E. Sharpe, Inc. Abstract available on the site of M.E. Sharpe, Inc.

Agendas, Alternatives and Public Policies. 2nd Ed. Kingdon, J.W. (2003). Longman. Description available on the site of Pearson Higher Education.

L'étude des politiques publiques Third edition. Lemieux, V. (2009). Les Presses de l'Université Laval. Abstract available on the site of Les Presses de l'Université Laval. In French only.

Gouverner par les instruments Lascoumes, P. and De Galès, P., Eds. (2005). Abstract available on the site of SciencesPo - Les Presses. In French only.

l'espace politique.  "Online journal of political geography and geopolitics." On the website of In French only.

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Webinar - For a strategic analysis of public policies' networks of actors
On November 5, 2014, François Gagnon from the NCCHPP led a webinar in which he presented a strategic analytical framework of the networks of actors engaged in the development of public policies.
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The NCCHPP seeks to make resources and tools from political science, policy analysis, sociology and other social sciences available to public health actors in order to apply them to Canada's public health realities.

In this regard, the webinar proposed a strategic analytical framework of the networks of actors engaged in the development of public policies.

Its goal was to allow participants to imagine strategies to influence public policies through the analysis of the points of stability and instability of the network of actors that are associated with them.

During the webinar, participants were introduced to:

  • Mapping the networks of actors in a political field;
  • Analyzing their points of stability and instability , and;
  • Elaborating strategies to produce changes in the networks and public policies with which they are associated.

For a strategic analysis of public policies' network of actors                                     
26 slides
 1.25 MB
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Suggested Reading :

Callon, M. (1986). Some elements of a sociology of translation: domestication of the scallops and the fishermen of St Brieuc Bay, In J. Law, Power, action and belief: a new sociology of knowledge? (pp. 196-223). London: Routledge.

Epstein, S. (1998). Impure science: AIDS, activism, and the politics of knowledge. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Young, D., Borland, R., & Coghill, K. (2010). An actor-network theory analysis of policy innovation for smoke-free places: Understanding change in complex systems. American Journal of Public Health, 100(7), 1208-1217. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.184705


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