Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Barry Kay

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor


The central problem which is addressed by this thesis is that of attaining the goal of economic stabilization through the utilization of fiscal policy. More specifically, the responsiveness of fiscal policy to the political and economic conditions which prevail in the provinces is examined. The central hypothesis is that fiscal policy instruments which are typically thought of in terms of economic stabilization policy are not utilized for such purposes. Rather, fiscal economic stabilization policy at both the federal as well as the provincial levels is responsive to political conditions. To the extent that this hypothesis is an accurate reflection of reality, one of its major implications is then that federal-provincial coordination of fiscal policy is, at best, unlikely. This hypothesis as well as its implications for federal-provincial coordination of fiscal policy is generally evidenced for the 1960 to 1979 period.

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