The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario

The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario

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Edited by Patrice Dutil
IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2010
World Rights
400 Pages 38 Images
ISBN 9781442642546
Published Jun 2011
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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.'

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

Legislative Assembly of Ontario Speaker’s Book Award (Canada) - Short-listed in 2012