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SOCIOLOGY AND PUBLIC POLICY / SOCIOLOGIE ET POLITIQUE PUBLIQUE Exploring Canadian Development Policy: Minding the Gap between Theory and Experience1 Susan Hodgett (University of Ulster, UK) Enormous challenges do exist for governments of regions-from-the-edge. In such places governments undertake huge tasks to address the intertwining of politics, development and culture. Here, writ large, at the end of the twentieth century, was the need for government to be seen to do something in trying to im- prove the lives of citizens on the periphery of the periphery. In being seen to do something concerning the problems of one of Canada’s most marginal areas, go- vernment sought to attack the causes of economic, social and cultural failure through promoting cohesiveness to support the periphery. Yet in seeking to do so and in seeking to change-the-culture-of-the-margins, government put at the heart of policy making a major contradiction: an attempt to plan the unplannable through changing local culture. Fundamental questions continue to be asked about how government measures policy success and policy failure: for what and for whose purposes? What is it for policy to succeed or fail in a place like Cape Breton Island, where the tradi- tional measures of success seem strangely irrelevant? In such a place, even the very questions governments ask can seem misplaced; avoiding fundamental and critical issues like how do we make people in such places feel better? Theorizing recognition Savoie (1999: 21) has argued that the four Atlantic provinces of Canada have much in common, particularly their...
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