A new collection from the U of T Press, Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change: A Comparative Analysis (IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance) edited by Ryerson University's Gregory J. Inwood and Carolyn M. Johns. Available in paper or hardback.
Heavy on the political science, but there's legal history in there too.
Here's the table of contents:
ForewordPrefaceList of Tables, Figures, and Chapter AppendicesChapter 1: Why Study Commission of Inquiry – Gregory J. Inwood (Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration) and Carolyn M. Johns (Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration)Chapter 2: Theories of Policy Change and a Four Part Theoretical Framework for Comparative Analysis – Gregory J. Inwood and Carolyn M. JohnsChapter 3. Structuring Canada’s National Policy Debate: The Royal Commission of Canada’s Economic Prospects – Neil Bradford (Huron College, University of Western Ontario, Political Science)Chapter 4: Politics and Promise: A Feminist-Institutionalist Analysis of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women – Joan Grace (University of Winnipeg, Politics)Chapter 5: The Lasting Impact of the Inquiry into the Construction of a Pipeline in the Mackenzie Valley – Frances Abele (Carleton University, Public Policy and Administration)Chapter 6: Of Leaps of Faith and Policy Change: The Macdonald Royal Commission – Gregory J. InwoodChapter 7: The Framing of Scientific Governance in Canada: Policy Change and the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies – Francesca Scala (Concordia University, Political Science)Chapter 8: The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples: An Exercise in Policy Education – Peter H. Russell (University of Toronto, Political Science)Chapter 9: Manufacturing Civil Society?: How the Krever Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada Shaped Collective Action and Policy Change – Michael Orsini (University of Ottawa, Political Science)Chapter 10: The Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada: Laying the Groundwork or a Missed Opportunity for Policy Change? – Patricia L. O’Reilly (Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration)Chapter 11: The Walkerton Inquiry and Policy Change – Carolyn M. JohnsChapter 12: The Goudge Inquiry: Anatomy of Success for an Inquiry to Change Policy? – Lorne Sossin (Osgoode Hall Law School, Dean and Professor)Chapter 13: Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change: A Comparative Analysis – Gregory J. Inwood and Carolyn M. Johns