The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario

The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario

by Patrice Dutil

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Overview

Finance departments have often been portrayed as guardians of the public purse. In The Guardian, a multidisciplinary group of contributors examines the Ministry of Finance of Ontario since the Second World War. During the last sixty years the Ministry was transformed from a relatively small 'Treasury' to a sophisticated policy machine. What started as a modest bookkeeping operation evolved into a key bureaucratic and policy agency as the government of Ontario assumed a leadership position in developing the province.

These essays reveal Ontario's 'finance' as a dynamic policy issue shaped by the personalities of premiers and ministers, the energies of public servants at all levels, and a critical dialogue between political and administrative worlds. Drawing on different methodologies, this collection profiles a ministry as policy entrepreneur, spender, revenue generator, capacity builder, budget director, program manager, and intergovernmental agent. The Guardian fills a significant gap in public administration literature and in so doing describes how Ontario's Ministry of Finance defined its role as 'guardian.'

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442694279
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 06/18/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Patrice Dutil is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

SECTION 1: STRUCTURES AND CONTEXTS OF THE GUARDIAN

1 The House Frost Built: Institutional Change and the Department of Treasury, 1943–1961
   KEITH B ROWNSEY
2 From ‘Treasury’ to ‘Finance’: The Anatomy of a Guardian, 1961–2001
   PATRICE DUTIL AND DEVYN LEONARD
3 Priority Setters and Guardians: The Relationships between Premiers and Treasurers in Ontario, 1960–2001
   JP LEWIS

SECTION 2: THE GUARDIAN IN POLICY MAKING

4 Intergovernmental Guardians: Treasury’s Role in Setting the National Agenda, 1959–1967
   P.E. BRYDEN
5 From Pragmatism to Neoliberalism: Ontario’s Hesitant Farewell to Dr Keynes
   BRYAN EVANS AND JOHN SHIELDS
6 Thoughts into Words: The Budget Speech, 1968–2003
   PATRICE DUTIL, PETER RYAN, AND ANDRÉ GOSSIGNAC
7 The Ontario Ministry of Finance as an Exception in Canadian Public Administration
   LUC BERNIER AND JOSEPH FACAL

SECTION 3: THE GUARDIAN AND BUDGET MAKING

8 Dealing with Complexity: Innovation and Resistance in Crafting the Expenditure Budget, 1961–1985
   CAROLINE DUFOUR
9 Budget Making in the Ontario Ministry of Finance, 1985–2000
   KEN OGATA AND GARY SPRAAKMAN
10 ‘Guardian’ as ‘Spender’: Infrastructure Investment, 1960–2005
     GERVAN FEARON
11 Guardians in Check: The Impact of Health Care on the Ontario Budget, 1960–2004
     PATRICE DUTI L

Conclusion
PATRICE DUTIL

Contributors

What People are Saying About This

Graham White

'A strong, well-executed collection, The Guardian chronicles and analyses an important yet largely unstudied component of provincial governance — the Ontario Ministry of Finance. The chapters, which combine primary sources, interviews, and archival research, are original, clearly focused, and soundly balanced. The Guardian is a serious advance in state-of-the-art research — nothing of such range and quality exists in English on a similar institution at the provincial level in Canada.'

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