Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science

First Advisor

Boase, J.


Political Science, International Law and Relations.




Political, economic, and cultural events in the early 1990s offered a unique opportunity to refocus Canada's Official Development Assistance program. A special joint parliamentary committee reviewing Canadian foreign policy held public hearings across Canada in 1994, to which interest groups made submissions. This study attempts to discover to what degree interest groups influenced development assistance policy in the review. Comparing the substance of these groups' representations against the subsequent Committee's recommendations and Government's policy statements provides an opportunity to make suggestions concerning the relative influence of domestic interests on the formulation of Canadian foreign policy. In addition, by dividing the groups into three categories--promotional, self-interested economic, and self-interested non-economic--it should be possible to comment on the relative influence of different types of groups on foreign policy outcomes. Based on this analysis, it should also be possible to suggest whether a pluralist, statist, or dominant class theoretical perspective best explains the foreign policy process in Canada. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .R36. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0118. Adviser: Joan Boase. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.