Contract Governance and the Canadian Public Sector

Posted: 23 Aug 2010

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Suzan M Ilcan

University of Windsor - Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Daniel M O'Connor

University of Windsor - Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Marcia L Oliver

York University

Date Written: December 15, 2003

Abstract

This essay examines the changing character of public sector work in the Canadian federal public service context. It is based on an empirical examination of various forms of contractual relations currently operative within the Canadian state and on a comparative approach of other western liberal state reform initiatives. We argue that contract governance is an ongoing process involving distinct interrelations between the public and private sectors. In this context, we identify various forms of contract governance and flexibility schemes that have been enfolded and refolded into the conventional structures of governance, and unfolded into a liminal space between the state and civil society through the establishment of nonstandard work and the creation of alternative service delivery programmes.

JEL Classification: J45

Suggested Citation

Ilcan, Suzan M and O'Connor, Daniel M and Oliver, Marcia L, Contract Governance and the Canadian Public Sector (December 15, 2003). Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol. 58, No. 4, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1663769

Suzan M Ilcan (Contact Author)

University of Windsor - Department of Sociology and Anthropology ( email )

401 Sunset Ave.
Ontario
Canada

Daniel M O'Connor

University of Windsor - Department of Sociology and Anthropology ( email )

401 Sunset Ave.
Ontario
Canada

Marcia L Oliver

York University

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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