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Keeping up with the Joneses: A Policy for the Government of Saskatchewan's International Relations

Governments make specific choices in their approach to international affairs, from allowing the federal government to manage it completely to taking on the task fully at the provincial level. An evaluation of the international role that the Saskatchewan Government has taken to date, along with a discussion of available options for change, forms the basis of the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy’s 34th Public Policy Paper, "Keeping Up With The Joneses - A Policy For The Government Of Saskatchewan’s International Relations" by Dr. Robert McLaren, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Regina.

Several issues must be measured when considering the level of international involvement, such as how international pressures affect government priorities and how the organization of institutions can affect the role of international relations. As McLaren points out, “there are a variety of areas of international relations which have implications for the Government of Saskatchewan. Trade and investment are obvious ones, as are immigration and tourism. However, there are non-economic areas too, such as the promotion of the values which guide the daily lives of Saskatchewan citizens.” As such, deciding on the provincial role in international relations is of vital importance to the province. In reviewing four options (laissez-faire approach; decentralized approach; hybrid or central agency approach; and the centralized approach), McLaren recognizes the complexities that the provincial government faces in international affairs.


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