Explore a selection of works produced by faculty in the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University.

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Submissions from 2017

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Policy work in Canada: Professional practices and analytical capacities in Canada’s policy advisory system, Michael Howlett, Adam Wellstead, and Jonathan Craft

Submissions from 2016

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To bridge the divide between evidence and policy: reduce ambiguity as much as uncertainty, Paul Cairney, Kathryn Oliver, and Adam Wellstead

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Hybridization, agency discretion, and implementation of the U.S. Endangered Species Act, Jennifer F. Lind-Riehl, Audrey L. Mayer, Adam Wellstead, and Oliver Gailing

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Policy capacity for climate change in canada's transportation sector, Joshus Newman, Anthony Perl, Adam Wellstead, and Kathleen McNutt

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Rebuilding the Landscape of the Rural Post Office: A Geo-Spatial Analysis of 19th-century Postal Spaces and Networks, Nicholas Van Allen and Don Lafreniere

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Assisted tree migration in North America: Policy legacies, enhanced forest policy integration, and climate change adaptation, Adam Wellstead and Michael Howlett

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Canada’s Regional Adaptation Collaboratives and adaptation platform: The importance of scaling up and scaling down climate change governance experiments, Adam Wellstead, Michael Howlett, Sreeja Nair, and Jeremy Rayner

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Structural-functionalism redux: adaptation to climate change and the challenge of a science-driven policy agenda, Adam Wellstead, Michael Howlett, and Jeremy Rayner

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Alberta's oil sands reclamation policy trajectory: the role of tense layering, policy stretching, and policy patching in long-term policy dynamics, Adam Wellstead, Jeremy Rayner, and Michael Howlett

Submissions from 2015

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Opening up the black box of adaptation decision-making, Robbert Biesbroek, Johann Dupuis, Andrew Jordan, Adam Wellstead, Michael Howlett, Paul Cairney, Jeremy Rayner, and Debra Davidson

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Government with a cast of dozens: Policy capacity risks and policy work in the northern territory, Dean Carson and Adam Wellstead

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Policy formulation, policy advice and policy appraisal: the distribution of analytical tools, Michael Howlett, Seck L. Tan, Andrea Migone, Adam Wellstead, and Bryan Evans

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Policy advice: Irked by naivety about policymaking, Kathryn Oliver, Adam Wellstead, and Paul Cairney

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Examining Policy Capacity Initiatives Within Climate Change Frameworks In Three US and Canadian Sectors Using Nvivo Content Analysis, Adam Wellstead, Michael Howlett, and Mehjabeen Rahman

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How useful is complexity theory to policy studies? Lessons from the climate change adaptation literature, Adam Wellstead, Michael Howlett, and Jeremy Rayner

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Mainstreaming and beyond: Policy capacity and climate change decision-making, Adam Wellstead and Richard Stedman

Submissions from 2014

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Tales of policy estrangement: Non-governmental policy work and capacity in three Canadian provinces, Bryan Evans and Adam Wellstead

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The distribution of analytical techniques in policy advisory systems: Policy formulation and the tools of policy appraisal, Michael Howlett, Seck L. Tan, Andrea Migone, Adam Wellstead, and Bryan Evans

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Michigan's RPS ballot defeat: A policy failure or success?, Fei Li, Barry D. Solomon, and Adam Wellstead

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Responding to a forest catastrophe: The emergence of new governance arrangements in Southern California, Brian Peterson and Adam Wellstead

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Environmental and energy ballot measures in the 2012 elections, Barry D. Solomon and Adam Wellstead

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Comparing sub-national policy workers in Canada and the Czech Republic: Who are they, what they do, and why it matters?, Arnošt Veselý, Adam Wellstead, and Bryan Evans

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Addressing the challenges of adaptation to climate change policy: Integrating public administration and public policy studies, Adam Wellstead and Richard Stedman

Submissions from 2013

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Policy dialogue and engagement between non-governmental organizations and government: A survey of processes and instruments of canadian policy workers, Bryan Evans and Adam Wellstead

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Policy work in multi-level states: Institutional autonomy and task allocation among canadian policy analysts, Michael Howlett and Adam Wellstead

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Dispersed capacity and wak coordination: The challenge of climate change adaptation in Canada's forest policy sector, Jeremy Rayner, Kathleen McNutt, and Adam Wellstead

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The neglect of governance in forest sector vulnerability assessments: Structural-functionalism and “black box” problems in climate change adaptation planning, Adam Wellstead, Michael Howlett, and Jeremy Rayner

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Beyond the black box: Forest sector vulnerability assessments and adaptation to climate change in North America, Adam Wellstead, Jeremy Rayner, and Michael Howlett

Submissions from 2012

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New governance arrangements at the intersection of climate change and forest policy: Institutional, political and regulatory dimensions, Meinhard Doelle, Chris Henschel, Jennifer Smith, Chris Tollefson, and Adam Wellstead

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Professional policy work in federal states: Institutional autonomy and Canadian policy analysis, Michael Howlett and Adam Wellstead

Submissions from 2011

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Why we disagree about assisted migration: Ethical implications of a key debate regarding the future of Canada's forests, I. Aubin, C. M. Garbe, S. Colombo, C. R. Drever, D. W. McKenney, C. Messier, J. Pedlar, M. A. Saner, L. Venier, Adam Wellstead, R. Winder, E. Witten, and C. Ste-Marie

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Policy analysts in the bureaucracy revisited: The nature of professional policy work in contemporary government, Michael Howlett and Adam Wellstead

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Climate change policy capacity at the sub-national government level, Adam Wellstead and Richard C. Stedman

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Policy analytical capacity in changing governance contexts: A structural equation model (SEM) study of contemporary canadian policy work, Adam Wellstead, Richard C. Stedman, and Michael Howlett

Submissions from 2010

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Policy capacity and incapacity in canada's federal government, Adam Wellstead and Richard Stedman