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Welfare Institutions and Foreign Aid: Domestic Foundations of Canadian Foreign Policy*

  • Jean-Philippe Thérien (a1) and Alain Noël (a1)

This article examines the relationship between Canada's development assistance policy and its welfare state institutions. Through an analysis of the Canadian experience, the article argues that the differences between the social policies of developed countries help to understand the nature of their participation in the international aid regime. Although this hypothesis is not entirely new, it is here refined with the help of the comparative literature on the welfare state, and assessed systematically for Canada. Through this case study, the article explores the extent to which values and principles institutionalized at the domestic level influence foreign policy and the international order.


Cet article étudie la relation entre la politique d'aide au développement du Canada et son Etat-providence. L'article soutient que les différences entre les politiques sociales des pays développés permettent d'expliquer la nature de leur participation au régime international de l'aide. Cette hypothèse n'est pas tout à fait, nouvelle, mais elle est ici réévaluée à la lumière de la littérature comparative sur l'Etat-providence, et appliquée au cas du Canada. L'article explore dans quelle mesure les valeurs et les principes institutionnalisés au niveau interne influencent la politique étrangère et l'ordre international.

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Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique
  • ISSN: 0008-4239
  • EISSN: 1744-9324
  • URL: /core/journals/canadian-journal-of-political-science-revue-canadienne-de-science-politique
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