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Deregulation, privatization, and marketization have become the bywords for the reforms and debates surrounding the public sector. This major book is unique in its comparative analysis of the reform experience across the globe, from Canada, the West, and Eastern Europe to Australia and New Zealand. Leading country experts identify a number of key factors to systematically explain the similarities and differences, map common problems, and together reflect on the future shape of the public sector. Significant themes and topics explored in this lively and accessible book include the often neglected conflict between the drive for efficiency and questions of justice, the new role of local government, the quest for decentralization and the enhancement of competitiveness, and the introduction of public joint stock companies. Public Sector Reform will be essential reading for all students and researchers of public policy, public administration, and comparative government.

The Bewildering Pace of Public Sector Reform in Canada
The bewildering pace of public sector reform in Canada

Canada is in the midst of a wholesale realignment of governance responsibilities, ranging from jurisdictional issues to experimenting with alternative ways to deliver a great variety of policies and programmes. Much of this realignment has been driven by the brute fiscal facts of growing deficits and debt obligations – and the brute political facts of tax fatigue and public cyncism about government – that all federal and provincial governments, regardless of political ideology, could not ignore. Not surprisingly, the goals of increased efficiency and effectiveness have been the commonly repeated mantras of government leaders as they reviewed the menu of alternatives for delivering and financing existing and new ...

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