A new publication by Prof. André Lecours and collaborators on fiscal federalism and COVID-19

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2020

Professor André Lecours, director of the research network on federalism and multi-level governance at the Centre on Governance, has published a new article in collaboration with Prof. Daniel Béland (McGill), a collaborator with the Centre, as well as with Prof. Mireille Paquet (Concordia) and Trevor Tombe (UCalgary).

We invite you to read the article entitled "A Critical Juncture in Fiscal Federalism? Canada's Response to COVID-19" and available in the Canadian Journal of Political Science.


The COVID-19 crisis could trigger a critical juncture for several institutional arrangements in Canada, potentially leading to notable changes in fiscal federalism. This research note combines insights from historical institutionalism with recent economic and fiscal projections to explore avenues for reform in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Given the magnitude of the crisis, provincial governments may be unable to absorb the fiscal costs on their own. But vast differences in fiscal and economic circumstances across provinces make federal arrangements difficult to design. We argue that intergovernmental power dynamics and the principle of provincial autonomy are particularly important considerations in thinking about fiscal federalism post–COVID-19.

Read the full article here

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