The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario
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.'
- Series: IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance
- World Rights
- Page Count: 400 pages
- Illustrations: 38
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.4in
Author InformationPatrice Dutil is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.
PrizesLegislative Assembly of Ontario Speaker’s Book Award - Short-listed in 2012
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