The Harper Factor
Assessing a Prime Minister's Policy Legacy
Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief at Policy Options magazine. Graham Fox is president and chief executive officer for the Institute for Research on Public Policy.
Political legacy is a concept that is often tossed around casually, hastily defined by commentators long before a prime minister leaves office. In the case of the polarizing Stephen Harper, clear-eyed analysis of his tenure is hard to come by. The Harper Factor offers a refreshingly balanced look at the Conservative decade under his leadership.
"Rare are reasoned, evidenced assessments of the Harper era. Here is one such collection of assessments, ranging from Harper’s governing style to the merits and achievements of his government’s specific policy initiatives. The essays are detailed and comp
“A useful tool for academics, students, and general consumers of Canadian politics, history, media studies, public policy, and economics, The Harper Factor assembles a capable group of writers to conduct a thorough examination of policy pursuits and the outcomes of those endeavours. ” Timothy Powers, vice-chairman of Summa Strategies