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Corporatizing Canada

Making Business out of Public Service

By Jamie Brownlee, Chris Hurl and Kevin Walby  

Corporatizing Canada

$34.95 – Available for purchase on May 15th, 2018

From schools to hospitals, from utilities to food banks, over the past thirty years corporatization has transformed the public sector in Canada. Economic elites take control of public institutions and use business metrics to evaluate their performance, transforming public programs into corporate revenue streams.

Senior managers use corporate methodology to set priorities in social services and create “market-friendly” public sector cultures. Even social activist organizations increasingly look and act like multinational corporations while non-governmental organizations pursue partnerships with the same corporations they ostensibly oppose.

However, little attention has been devoted to exploring what corporatization means, to investigating how it is employed in different institutions, or to assessing its impact. Corporatizing Canada critically examines how corporatization has been implemented in different ways across the Canadian public sector and warns us of the threat that neoliberal corporatization poses to democratic decision-making and the public at large.

  • Paperback / softback, 300 pages
  • ISBN 9781771133586
  • Coming May 2018

Table of Contents

Jamie Brownlee, Chris Hurl, and Kevin Walby
Chapter 1 Healthy Profit: Private Finance and Public Hospitals
Heather Whiteside
Chapter 2 Three Waves of Health Care Corporatization in Ontario Hospitals
Natalie Mehra
Chapter 3 The Rise of the Corporate Cashroom: Corporatization and the Neoliberal Canadian School
Erika Shaker
Chapter 4 Carbon Capital and Corporate Influence: Mapping Elite Networks of Corporations, Universities, and Research Institutes
William K. Carroll , Nicolas Graham, and Zoë Yunker
Chapter 5 International Students as a Market in Canadian Public Education
Larry Kuehn
Chapter 6 How and Why to Change the Ways We Try to Change the Corporatization of Canada's Universities
Claire Polster
Chapter 7 Police Foundations and the Corporatization of Criminal Justice in Canada
Kevin Walby and Randy K. Lippert
Chapter 8 Do Construction Companies Create Criminal Justice Policy? Reflections on the Nature of Corporate Power in the Canadian State
Greg McElligott
Chapter 9 Corporatizing Therapeutic Justice: The Case of the Winnipeg Drug Treatment Court
Kelly S. Gorkoff
Chapter 10 Corporatization and Federal-Provincial Relations
Peter Graefe
Chapter 11 Corporatizing Urban Policy-Making: Management Consultants , Service Reviews , and Municipal Restructuring
Chris Hurl
Chapter 12 Managerialism and Outsourcing: Corporatizing Social Services in Canada’s Non-Profit Sector
Donna Baines
Chapter 13 The Corporatization of Food Charity in Canada: Implications for Domestic Hunger, Poverty Reduction, and Public Policy
Graham Riches
Chapter 14 Pipelines, Regulatory Capture, and Canada’s National Energy Board
Jamie Brownlee
Chapter 15 Murky Waters: When Governments Turn Water Management into a Business
Emma Lui
Chapter 16 Learning from Corporatization: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
David A. McDonald
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