A Government Reinvented: A Study of Alberta's Deficit Elimination Program

Overview

This volume is the culmination of an objective, in-depth study of the aggressive attack on the Alberta deficit launched by Premier Ralph Klein's government in 1993. Klein's was the first Canadian province to introduce drastic measures to eliminate its deficit-solely by means of expenditure cuts. After only two years, a $3.4 billion deficit had become a $958 million surplus. A Government Reinvented answers the question, 'How was this goal achieved so quickly?'

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Overview

This volume is the culmination of an objective, in-depth study of the aggressive attack on the Alberta deficit launched by Premier Ralph Klein's government in 1993. Klein's was the first Canadian province to introduce drastic measures to eliminate its deficit-solely by means of expenditure cuts. After only two years, a $3.4 billion deficit had become a $958 million surplus. A Government Reinvented answers the question, 'How was this goal achieved so quickly?'

The research needed to answer this question was distributed among nine experts in the fields of economics, education, and political science. The resulting papers were presented and critiqued at a conference in Banff, Alberta in November 1995.

A Government Reinvented features the revised research papers, with parallel commentaries by specialists in economics, law, and public administration. The book examines not only the Klein government's specific cost-cutting strategies, but also general topics such as: theories of government budgeting and bureaucracy, institutional design and public policy, and the delivery of government services.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195412697
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2009
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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all at the University of Calgary
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Fiscal Restructuring in Alberta: An Overview 16
3 Institutional Design and Public Policy: A Microeconomic Perspective 77
4 Institutional Design and Public Policy: A Macroeconomic Perspective 130
5 The Process Behind Institutional Reform in Alberta 176
6 The New Approach to Budgeting in Alberta 216
7 Alberta's Budgetary Response to Fiscal Shocks 231
8 Family and Social Services, the Alberta Deficit Elimination Program, and Welfare Reform 250
9 The Role of Health Care Reform in the Reinventing of Government in Alberta 283
10 New Directions? Government Spending Cuts and Alberta's Institutional Resilience in Advanced Education 340
11 Education: Meeting the Challenge 383
12 Rethinking the Delivery of Government Services 421
13 What Do Albertans Think? The Klein Agenda on the Public Opinion Landscape 462
14 A Government Reinvented? 490
Notes on Contributors 505
Index 508
Acknowledgements 519
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