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

A Government Reinvented

Study of Alberta's Deficit Elimination Program

By: Christopher Bruce (Editor), Ronald Kneebone (Editor), Kenneth McKenzie (Editor)

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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 deficity--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 the 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.

1: Introduction Part I Overview and Theory 2: Robert L. Mansell: Fiscal Restructuring in Alberta: An Overview Kenneth Norrie: Comments on Chapter 2 3: Kenneth J. McKenzie: Institutional Design and Public Policy: A Microeconomic Perspective Stanley Winer: Comments on Chapter 3 4: Ronald D. Kneebone: Institutional Design and Public Policy: A Macroeconomic Perspective Bryne Purchase: Comments on Chapter 4 Part II The Process Behind the Reforms 5: Ronald D. Kneebone and Kenneth J. McKenzie: The Process Behind Institutional Reform in Alberta Michael J. Trebilcock: Comments on Chapter 5 6: Paul Boothe: The New Approach to Budgeting in Alberta 7: Ronald D. Kneebone and Kenneth J. McKenzie: Alberta's Budgetary Response to Fiscal Shocks Part III Implementation by Department 8: M.S. Shedd: Family and Social Services, the Alberta Deficit Elimination Program, and Welfare Reform Douglas W. Allen: Comments on Chapter 8 9: Richard H.M. Plain: The Role of Health Care Reform in the Reinventing of Goverment in Alberta R.G. Beck: Comments on Chapter 9: The Effects of Institutional Changes on Health Care Reform 10: J.C. Herbert Emery: New Directions? Government Spending Cuts and Alberta's Institutional Resilience in Advanced Education Jonathan Kesselman: Comments on Chapter 10: Advanced Education Policies in Canada: Restraint for What Purpose? 11: Christopher J. Bruce and Arthur M. Schwartz: Education: Meeting the Challenge Stephen B. Lawton: Comments on Chapter 11 12: Christopher J. Bruce: Rethinking the Delivery of Government Services Douglas S. West: Comments on Chapter 12 Part IV Public Opinion and Commentary 13: Keith Archer and Roger Gibbins: What Do Albertans Think? The Klein Agenda on the Public Opinion Landscape Linda Trimble: Comments on Chapter 13 14: Christopher J. Bruce, Ronald D. Kneebone, and Kenneth J. McKenzie: A Government Reinvented? Notes on Contributors Index Acknowledgements

ISBN: 9780195412697
ISBN-10: 0195412699
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 526
Published: 26th June 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Canada
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 15.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.72