My focus is higher education, with a particular interest in HE finance, HE governance, and the community college and vocational education sector.
||Rexe, D. (2015). "Anatomy of a tuition freeze: The case of Ontario." Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 45(2), 41-59.|
||Using two conceptual frameworks from political science—Kingdon’s (2003)
multiple streams model and the advocacy coalition framework (Sabatier &
Jenkins-Smith, 1993)—this case study examines the detailed history of a major
tuition policy change in Ontario in 2004: a tuition freeze. The paper explores
the social, political, and economic factors that influenced policymakers
on this particular change to shed light on the broader questions of the dynamics
of postsecondary policymaking. The study found that the Liberal Party’s
decision to freeze postsecondary tuition fees was a function of stakeholder relations,
public opinion, and brokerage politics, designed for electoral success.
The policy implementation strategy was intended to facilitate the cooperation
and interests of the major institutions. Within the broader policy community,
student-organized interest groups and other policy advocates were aligned in
a policy preference, a critical component for successful change.
||Rexe, D. (2015). "Thawing a tuition freeze: Two Canadian cases of policy change in comparative perspective." Canadian Political Science Review, 9(2), 79–111.|
||This study examines the process by which two provinces made major change in tuition policies in Canada. The approach uses two alternative theories of policy change, the advocacy coalition framework and multiple streams of problems, policies, and politics. Using purposive sampling, the two cases selected were from British Columbia and Manitoba, and data were collected through systematic investigation using two key research tools: content analysis of relevant documentary materials and interviews of policy actors.|
Education Policy PRIMARY
Comparative Public Policy SECONDARY
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY
HIGHER EDUCATION GOVERNANCE
POLITICS AND POLICYMAKING