John Shields

Ryerson University

  • Restructuring and Resistance

    Canadian Public Policy in the Age of Global Capitalism

    Edited by Mike Burke, Colin Mooers and John Shields     January 2000

    This collection surveys major areas of neoliberal policy restructuring by various levels of Canadian government. Unlike other academic studies it also considers theoretical and practical issues connected with movements of resistance against the neo-liberal agenda. Part one situates these developments theoretically in the context of globalizing capitalism and the changing role of the state, the labour market, policy formation and federalism. Section two examines six major areas of policy restructuring, ranging from health care and education to human rights and communication policy. The final section considers the strengths and weaknesses of current political strategies of resistance and the new challenges imposed by global capitalist restructuring. This volume provides both a vital assessment of the social consequences of neoliberal restructuring and a provocative contribution to the debate over the renewal of the left in Canada.

  • Shrinking the State

    Globalization and Public Administration

    By Bryan Evans and John Shields     January 1998

    This book provides a political economy perspective on recent changes within Canadian public administrative practice and structure, revealing the theoretical and practical underpinnings of neo-liberal public administration. It also addresses itself to the search for more democratic alternatives. This work is intended to serve as a text for courses in public administration and Canadian government and politics. The role of globalization, state fiscal crisis, economic restructuring and the ideological shift to the political right are viewed as central explanatory factors in public administrative and public policy change.

  • Dismantling A Nation, 2nd Ed.

    The Transition to Corporate Rule in Canada

    By Stephen McBride and John Shields     December 1996

    This new edition is reorganized to make it a more usable text and updated to include the Liberal government’s pursuit of neo-liberal policies. William K. Carroll, Sociology, University of Victoria, said of the first edition: “All the aspects of the neo-conservative policy matrix-privatization, deregulation, NAFTA, the obsession with deficits, attacks on collective bargaining, the cutbacks to social programs, the weakening of federal powers-are carefully analyzed as elements of a political project that will have disastrous consequences for most Canadians and for Canada as a nation. This book is truly essential reading for those who care about Canada’s future.”