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October 24 RIPS: Does Devolution Affect Policy Direction? Affordable Housing in Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario

Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS) hosted by the Department of Political Science presents, Dr. Maroine Bendaoud, SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Tuesday, October 24 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 709

Oct 17, 2017

Does devolution affect policy direction? This question is addressed by examining the affordable housing policy of Toronto and Ottawa, after the download of housing responsibility from the province of Ontario to the municipalities in 2000. While devolution has become a common strategy across numerous domains, including housing, little is known about its consequences on policy direction. This first diachronic analysis using a multilevel comparison reveals that the two municipalities have largely pursued the policy shifts initiated by the provincial government before devolution, with regard to target groups and policy instruments. Yet findings also show a ‘privatization’ trend in both cities.


Dr. Maroine Bendaoud is a SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow in Political Science at McMaster University, Canada. He received his PhD from University of Montreal and did research stays in several universities including Yale and Sciences Po Paris. His work on housing policy has been supported by scientific funding agencies at the federal and provincial levels in Canada. Dr. Bendaoud won the Francesco Kjellberg Award for Outstanding Paper Presented by New Scholar at the last congress of the International Political Science Association. His research interest focuses on social policy, administrative reform and political economy.

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: KTH 709