Jun 24, 2016
Dr. Katherine Boothe's research into pharmaceutical insurance and early childhood education policy will be supported by a multi-year SSHRC Insight Development Grant. The project, entitled "Ideas and social policy in Canada: Origins, stability, and change" addressed the questions: How do the ideas, beliefs, and mental shortcuts of policy makers affect both public perceptions and policy outcomes? Why do political actors hold certain ideas about policy and not others, and how do the ideas that dominate a particular policy area change over time?
Her research will trace processes of ideational stability and change in public pharmaceutical insurance and early childhood education and care in Canada. Both these issues have a long history on the Canadian policy agenda, with different periods of prominence and decline. Both are areas of provincial jurisdiction with important pan-Canadian implications and involve policy entrepreneurs from academia and advocacy groups. Finally, both involve the potential expansion of social benefits in the form of policy investments (incurring costs in the short to-medium term with the promise of benefits in the long term), which pose particular challenges regarding communication and trust between politicians and voters.
Congratulations Professor Boothe!