About Jacqueline Best

Associate Professor, School of Political Studies, and Coordinator, International Political Economy Network

Jacqueline Best

Canada Needs to Do a Better Job of Managing Financial Uncertainty

Published in the Hill Times, May 25, 2015 As Canadians, we pride ourselves on how well our financial regulations coped with the 2008 financial crisis. Given this attitude, it’s not surprising that Canadian policymakers have avoided a major overhaul to our regulations in response. Yet we need to make sure that this pride in our system does not lead to compl… Read More

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What Counts as Policy Failure — And Why it Matters

When things go wrong in politics, the word ‘failure’ gets bandied around a lot. In recent weeks, we’ve heard about the failure of Canadian drug policy (as admitted by Stephen Harper), the failure of Canadian diplomatic efforts to get Barack Obama on board for the Keystone XL Pipeline (as declared by his critics), and the failure of European leaders an… Read More

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What Economic Uncertainty Means for Canadian Policymakers

If you have been reading the financial press over the past week, you know that the global economy’s chances are looking a lot more uncertain these days. What you may not know, however, is that this more recent upswing in uncertainty and volatility is part of a much broader pattern in the global economy—one that poses some real challenges for how policymak… Read More

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Hedging Bets: Aid Agencies’ New Preoccupation with Failure

An earlier version of this essay appeared on RegBlog.org      Nobody likes to admit failure—least of all government-funded development organizations in hard economic times. Yet recent years have seen a number of prominent development agencies confess to failure. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) admitted its failure to recognize the dam… Read More

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The Public is Back — But Not as We Knew It

In sharp contrast to neo-liberal ‘hands off’ attitudes that shaped its past policies, the Harper government is considering a much greater public role in the economy, strategically targeting certain key sectors. Meanwhile, in response to growing concerns about the implications of cyber attacks, there has been a move to increase the requirement for… Read More

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The Austerity Trap

As the prognosis for the global economy gets darker by the day, we are hearing one word over and over: austerity.  The British government has announced that it will extend its austerity measures past the next election in 2015. In Canada, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has reiterated that the solution to the current economic crisis, both here and in Europe, i… Read More

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