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vol 47, no 3, fall 2017

EDITORIAL



WELCOME TO LA MAISON GOUVERNANCE: THE LOCUS OF CRITICAL GOVERNANCE STUDIES

Gilles Paquet

On June 21, 2017, Optimum received from the Director of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa a two-week notice of termination of the financial support it had received for the last 20 years. This termination came without any forewarning. This editorial is a reflection on the reasons for this decision, and a prospective look at the bright future for the Journal.





AND MORE ...


THE PENUMBRA OF SUPER-BUREAUCRACIES IN CANADA: A GOVERNANCE APPROACH

Ruth Hubbard & Gilles Paquet

This paper critically examines four Canadian federal super-bureaucracies (Auditor General, Parliamentary Budget Officer, Commissioner of Official languages, Public Service Commission). It reviews the problems they face, and provides possible responses.








QUEBEC AND THE ONGOING NAFTA RENEGOTIATIONS

Roma Dauphin

Quebec has a lot at stake in the current NAFTA renegotiations. Instead of being simply reactive, it should try to position itself for the next phase-the Canada-EU-USA free-trade agreement which might be an even more important negotiation.








LETTER FROM THE EDITOR IN CHIEF

Gilles Paquet












ALSO IN THIS ISSUE



TOWARD A DEFINITIVE REFORM OF THE HEALTH SECTOR IN QUEBEC

André Lemelin

Some fifty years ago, the Castonguay-Nepveu Commission on health care in Quebec was first tempted to launch a quasi-revolution by approaching the issue in terms of global development and a guaranteed minimal-income scheme. It settled for reforming some structures without questioning the social order. Experiences over the past half-century have shown that this was not sufficient, and the author provides his prescription to heal the system.







THE PERILS OF THE POLITICS OF GUILT

Gilles Paquet

The politics of guilt has plagued Canada in the recent past. This paper mentions a number of examples, reveals some of the mechanisms underpinning such initiatives, hints at some parallels with the old Soviet regime, and underlines some perils for liberal democracies.








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