Daniel Cohn (on sabbatical)

School of Public Policy and Administration

Associate Professor

Office: McLaughlin College, 128
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77276
Emaildcohn@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/dcohn/

My major research interests are Canadian and Comparative Public Administration, Politics and Policy-Making. I also have teaching interests and expertise in the fields of statistics and research methodology.

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The themes covered in my recent publications and on-going research include: civic literacy, health politics and policy-making, alternative service delivery (public-private partnerships), the roles played by academics and their influence in the policy-making process, and democratic participation in governance. As well as my primary appointment in The School of Public Policy and Administration, I am also a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Political Science. I also teach and supervise graduate students in other faculties and programs from time to time.

Area of Specialization

Public Policy, Public Administration, Politics

Degrees

Ph.D., Carleton University
M.S.Sc., Stockholm University
B.A. (Hons.), Carleton University

Professional Leadership

  • Program Committee Member -- Section Chair (Canadian Politics) -- American Political Science Association Annual Conference 2017, San Francisco.
  • Program Committee Member -- Section Co-Chair (Public Administration) -- Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2016, Calgary.
  • Board of Directors Member -- Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration, 2014 - 2016.
  • Council Member -- Organized Section on Health Politics and Policy, American Political Science Association, 2011-2013.
  • Program Committee Member -- Section Chair (Public Policy & Law) -- Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2012, Edmonton, AB.

Community Contributions

  • Member, Board of Directors, Vaughan Social Action Council Jan 2010 to May 2011
  • Volunteer, Out of the Cold Emergency Shelters (Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto) 2006 to 2008
  • Volunteer, Stoney Creek Environmental Committee (Burnaby, BC) 2004 to 2006

Research Interests

Public Administration , Policy , Politics and Government, Health, Civic Literacy

Selected Publications

D.Cohn. (forthcoming) “Academics and Public Policy.” In Laurent Dobizinskis and Michael Howlett (eds.) Policy Analysis in Canada. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Cohn, D. (2016) Under What Conditions are Ministers Able to 'Let Go' in Westminster-style Political Systems? Evidence from Ontario. Zeitschrift fur Offentliche und Gemeinwirtschaftaftliche Unternehmen (Journal of Public and Nonprofit Services), 39(1-2), pp. 65-76.

Cohn, D. [Lead Author] , L. Foster and I. Green (2011). Learning from History: Program Reviews and Public Safety. Policy Options (February), pp.64-68.

Cohn, D. (2008) . British Columbia's Capital Assets Framework: Moving from Transactional to Transformative Leadership on Public-Private Partnerships, or a 'Railroad Job?' Canadian Public Administration, 51(1), pp.71-96.

Cohn, D. (2008) The New Public Autonomy? Public-Private Partnerships in a Multi-Level, Multi-Accountable, Political Environment: The Case of British Columbia, Canada. Policy & Society, 27(1), pp. 29-42.

Cohn, D. (1997) . Creating Crises and Avoiding Blame: The Politics of Public Service Reform and the New Public Management in Great Britain and the United States. Administration and Society, 29(5), pp. 584-616.

Current Research Projects

Local Black Out in Effect? Media Coverage of Local Suburban Politics

Summary: 
There has long been concern regarding declining levels of civic literacy, which can be described as the ability to understand political processes such as elections, community consultations, and associational meetings, as well as awareness of these processes. This is said to be a key factor in explaining declining levels of civic participation, such as voting. Research has linked levels of civic literacy to media consumption. Communities with higher levels of newspaper readership tend to have higher levels of civic literacy (see for example Henry Milner, Civic Literacy: How Informed Citizens Make Democracy Work, University Press of New England, 2002). Therefore media consumption and the content of media available to citizens is a key concern for political scientists interested in understanding declining voter turnout rates and especially the consistently low turnout rates for local elections. This research project is concerned with the supply-side of the media-audience relationship. In the Greater Toronto Area and many other large urban areas more people live in suburban municipalities than the core city. Cohn in his 2013 presentation to the Canadian Political Science Association AGM (Local Black Out in Effect?) showed that Canadian newspaper coverage of local elections is weak and worse still does not reflect this population distribution, paying very little attention to local politics outside of core municipalities. This deficiency is seen as a serious challenge for the promotion of civic literacy. The present phase of the project is adding data from a second election for each of the three urban areas studied for Cohn's 2013 paper and also adding data from non-major papers (weekly community papers).


Project Type: Funded
Role: P.I.

Funders: 
LAPS [York University] Minor Research Grant
York University / YUFA Sabbatical Fellowship

Managing Organizations vs. Managing by Contract

Summary: 
Over the last twenty-five years there has been a major shift within many states towards a series of delivery models generically described as “alternative service delivery”. This includes contracting-out service delivery to private for-profit firms, as well as hybrid solutions such creating internal markets, partnerships to deliver services with community organizations and also public-private partnerships (where private for-profit firms partner with the state in a collaborative venture) to name just a few. What all of these approaches have in common is that the traditional approach to the delivery of services, the deployment of resources via an organization arranged in a bureaucratic hierarchy is suspended. Instead a contract is entered into between the state organization acting as a purchaser and another party, with the services being delivered according to the terms of this contract. Using the existing literature, as well as interviews with current public managers in local government, the Ontario public service and the public service of Canada, this research seeks to uncover the different skills, tools and preparation needed to manage by contracts as opposed to managing organizations. Ultimately, this information will be used to assess and advocate for improvements in the curriculum of public administration programs so as to better prepare graduates for management positions in a world where managing by contract will be an everyday part of their work.


Project Type: Self-Funded
Role: P.I.

Selected Publications

D.Cohn. (forthcoming) “Academics and Public Policy.” In Laurent Dobizinskis and Michael Howlett (eds.) Policy Analysis in Canada. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Cohn, D. (2016) Under What Conditions are Ministers Able to 'Let Go' in Westminster-style Political Systems? Evidence from Ontario. Zeitschrift fur Offentliche und Gemeinwirtschaftaftliche Unternehmen (Journal of Public and Nonprofit Services), 39(1-2), pp. 65-76.

Cohn, D. [Lead Author] , L. Foster and I. Green (2011). Learning from History: Program Reviews and Public Safety. Policy Options (February), pp.64-68.

Cohn, D. (2008) . British Columbia's Capital Assets Framework: Moving from Transactional to Transformative Leadership on Public-Private Partnerships, or a 'Railroad Job?' Canadian Public Administration, 51(1), pp.71-96.

Cohn, D. (2008) The New Public Autonomy? Public-Private Partnerships in a Multi-Level, Multi-Accountable, Political Environment: The Case of British Columbia, Canada. Policy & Society, 27(1), pp. 29-42.

Cohn, D. (1997) . Creating Crises and Avoiding Blame: The Politics of Public Service Reform and the New Public Management in Great Britain and the United States. Administration and Society, 29(5), pp. 584-616.

All Publications

Books

Cohn, D. (1992) . Reforming Health Care in Canada and Sweden 1975-1990. Stockholm, Sweden: Stockholm University International Graduate School

Book Chapters

D.Cohn. (forthcoming) “Academics and Public Policy.” In Laurent Dobizinskis and Michael Howlett (eds.) Policy Analysis in Canada. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Heard, A [lead author] and Cohn, D. (2009) "The Federal Government Should Stay Involved: The Case for a Strong Federal Role in Health Care," in Mark Charlton and Paul Barker (eds.) Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues, Sixth Canadian Edition, Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Cohn, D. (2007) . "Academics and Public Policy: Informing Policy-Analysis and Policy-Making," in Laurent Dobuzinskis, Michael Howlett and David Laycock (eds.) Policy Analysis in Canada: The State of the Art, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Heard, A. [lead author] and D. Cohn (2006). "The Federal Government Should Stay Involved: The Case for a Strong Federal Role in Health Care," in Mark Charlton and Paul Barker (eds.) Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues, Fifth Canadian Edition, Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Cohn, D. (2003) . "Economic Theory and Changing Conceptions of the Public Interest," in Janine Brodie and Linda Trimble (eds.) Reinventing Canada: Politics of the 21st Century, Scarborough, ON: Prentice Hall/Pearson Educational.

Cohn, D. (2002) . "Organizing Political Influence," in Janine Brodie (ed.) Critical Concepts, An Introduction to Politics, Second Edition, Scarborough, ON: Prentice Hall/Pearson Educational.

Cohn, D. (1996) . "The Canada Health and Social Transfer: Transferring Resources or Moral Authority Between Levels of Government?" in Patrick Fafard and Douglas Brown (eds.), Canada the State of the Federation: 1996, Kingston, Canada: Queen's University Institute of Intergovernmental Relations.

S. Hort [lead author] and D. Cohn (1995). Sweden: [A Small but Growing Slice of the Pie for Private Providers]. In N.Johnson (ed.) Private Markets in Health and Welfare: An International Perspective.

Journal Articles

Cohn, D. (2016) Under What Conditions are Ministers Able to 'Let Go' in Westminster-style Political Systems? Evidence from Ontario. Zeitschrift fur Offentliche und Gemeinwirtschaftaftliche Unternehmen (Journal of Public and Nonprofit Services), 39(1-2), pp. 65-76.

Cohn, D. [Lead Author] , L. Foster and I. Green (2011). Learning from History: Program Reviews and Public Safety. Policy Options (February), pp.64-68.

Cohn, D. (2008) . British Columbia's Capital Assets Framework: Moving from Transactional to Transformative Leadership on Public-Private Partnerships, or a 'Railroad Job?' Canadian Public Administration, 51(1), pp.71-96.

Cohn, D. (2008) The New Public Autonomy? Public-Private Partnerships in a Multi-Level, Multi-Accountable, Political Environment: The Case of British Columbia, Canada. Policy & Society, 27(1), pp. 29-42.

Cohn, D. (2006) Transformative Change and Measuring Success: Public-Private Partnerships in British Columbia, 2001-2005. Revue Gouvernance, 3(2), pp. 1-20.

Cohn, D. (2005) Canadian Medicare, is there a Potential for Loyalty? Evidence from Alberta. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 38(2), pp.415-433.

Cohn, D. (2004) . The Public-Private-Partnership `Fetish': Moving beyond the Rhetoric. Revue Gouvernance 1(2), pp.2-24.

Cohn, D. (2004) . The Best of Intentions, Potentially Harmful Policies: A Comparative Study of Scholarly Complexity and Failure. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 6(1), pp.39-56.

Scott-Findlay, S. [lead author] , C. A. Estabrooks, D. Cohn, and C. Pollock.(2002). Nursing Human Resource Policy in Alberta, What Went Wrong. Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, 3(4), pp.348-357.

Cohn, D. (2001) . No Place to Hide: The Unfeasibility of Using an Independent Expert Commission as a Blame Avoidance Mechanism in Westminster Polities, The Case of the Ontario Health Services Restructuring Commission. Canadian Public Administration, 44(1), pp.26-46.

Cohn, D. (1997) . Creating Crises and Avoiding Blame: The Politics of Public Service Reform and the New Public Management in Great Britain and the United States. Administration and Society, 29(5), pp. 584-616.

Conference Proceedings

Cohn, D. jointly with M. Howlett (lead editor), P.J. Smith and Anil (Andy) Hira (Eds.). (2003) . Diversity 21st Century Challenges : Proceedings of the British Columbia Political Studies Association Annual Conference, vol.9.

Conference Papers

Cohn, D. (2016) Canadian Public Administration after the Era of Anti-Interventionism. Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Calgary, AB.

Cohn, D. (2016) Reconciliation between Aboriginal People and Police Services in the Greater Toronto Area. Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration Annual Meeting, Quebec City, QC.

Cohn, D. (2015) Chaoulli Ten Years On: Still About Nothing? The Canadian political Science Association Annual Meeting, Ottawa, ON.

Cohn, D. (2015) Managing Organizations vs. Managing by Contract. Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON.

Cohn, D. (2014) Under what Conditions are Ministers Able to "Let Go" in a Westminster Political System: Evidence from Ontario. International Public Management Symposium, Dresden, Germany.

Cohn, D. (2014) Walkerton and "Best Practices". Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration Annual Meeting, Kingston, ON.

Cohn, D. (2013) Local Blackout in Effect? Newspaper Coverage of Municipal Elections in Three Major Canadian Urban Areas and the Impact on Civic Literacy. The Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Victoria, BC.

Cohn, D. (2012) lead author, with Peter P. Constantinou, Wanted Effective Representation and why Elected Officials do not Answer the Job Ad. The American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (Paper Available via SSRN: Conference Cancelled due to Hurricane Issac).

Cohn, D. (2012) States, the Sharing Community and the Negotiations Culture in the making of the Present Financial Crisis in Europe. Workshop 23: "Economic Ideas and the Political Construction of Financial Crisis and Reform." European Consortium for Political Research Joint Workshops Sessions, Antwerp, Belgium.

Cohn, D. (2010) Population Health at the Climate Change Crossroads. The American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Cohn, D. (2010) Chaoulli Five Years On: All Bark and No Bite? The Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, QC.

Cohn, D. (2010) Here we grow again! The limits of state financial crises as drivers for policy change, the case of Canadian publicly funded health care, evidence from Ontario. The Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Cohn, D. (2009) Public-Private Partnerships: Is There Anything Left to Learn? School of Public Policy & Administration Lunch Talk Series, York University: Toronto, ON.

Cohn, D. (2008) Public-Private Partnership: Steering Not Rowing: The Merits and Demerits of Public-Private Partnerships. McLaughlin College Lunch Talks, York University: Toronto, ON.

Cohn, D. (2007) The New Public Autonomy? Public-Private Partnerships in a Multi-Level, Multi-Accountable, Political Environment: The Case of British Columbia, Canada. The European Group for Public Administration Annual Meeting (Working Group on Intergovernmental Affairs): Madrid, Spain.

Cohn, D. (2006) British Columbia's Capital Assets Framework: Guidelines or a Public-Private Partnerships Railroad Job? The Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting: Toronto, ON.

Cohn, D. (2006) Show Me the Money! Design Build Finance Operate Public-Private Partnerships in British Columbia Canada. The New York State Political Science Association Annual Meeting: New York, NY.

Cohn, D. (2005) . "Out-of-Pocket Health Expenditures in Alberta and British Columbia: The Role of Sub-National Politics," a paper presented to The Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting: London, ON.

Cohn, D. (2005) . "Methodologies of Difference: Knowing When and Where it is Worth Paying the Price to Maintain Distinctiveness in a North America Experiencing Neoliberal Regionalization." Burnaby: Simon Fraser University Centre for Global Political Economy.

Cohn, D. (2005) Academic Scholars and Public Policy: Confronting the Problems Created by Differing Understandings of the Importance of “Context.” Responsibilities of Citizenship and Public Service: Crisis or Challenge. A Conference organized by the Trudeau Foundation and the Institute for Research on Public Policy (Nov 10-12): Glendon College, Toronto ON.

Cohn, D. (2003) . "Party Discipline in Canadian Federal Politics," a paper presented to The Biennial Meeting of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States: Portland, Or.

Cohn, D. (2002) . "A Rational Basis for Unsustainable Fiscal Policy in "Have" Provinces with Neoliberal Governments: Evidence from Ontario," a paper presented to The Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting: Toronto, ON.

Cohn, D. (2002) . "The Best of Intentions, the Worst of Policies: A Comparative Study of Scholarly Complexity and Failure," a paper presented to The American Political Science Association Annual Meeting: Boston, MA.

Cohn, D. (2000) . "The Role of Politics in Shaping Popular Preferences for Different Levels of Taxation and Public Services: Results from a Survey of Alberta Professionals," a paper presented to The Canadian Political Science Association and Quebec Political Science Association Joint Annual Meeting: Quebec City, PQ.

Cohn, D. (2000) . "Blame Canada! U.S. Acceptance of Neoliberal Hemispheric Integration, The Role of Policy Communities," a paper presented to The International Political Science Association Meetings: Quebec City, PQ.

Cohn, D. (1999) . "Efficient and more Equitable? The Delegation of Authority to Determine Facility Closings in a Public Medical Health Care System: A Case Study of Ontario, Canada," a paper presented to The Mid-West Political Science Association Annual Meeting: Chicago, IL.

Cohn, D. (1998) . "The Political Legacy of Neoconservative Rhetoric and Governance: Preliminary Results from Canada and the United States," a paper presented to The Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association: Ottawa, ON.

Cohn, D. (1997) . "The Applicability of Three Theories of State Elites in Recent Canadian Politics: Or Does the Socio-Economic Background of Decision Makers Have an Impact?" a paper presented to The Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association: St. John's, NFLD.

Cohn, D. (1996) . "Creating Crises and Avoiding Blame: The Politics of Public Service Reform and the New Public Management," a paper presented to The 50th New York State Political Science Association Conference: Ithaca, NY.

Cohn, D. (1995) . "Differentiating Public and Private Administration," a paper presented to The 49th New York State Political Science Association Conference: New York, NY.

Book Reviews

Cohn, D. (2005) . Book Review: Regressive Taxation and the Welfare State: Path Dependence and Policy Diffusion, by Junko Kato. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 38(4).

Cohn, D. (2003) . Book Review: Markets and Medicine: the Politics of Health Care Reform in Britain, Germany and the United States, by Susan Giaimo. Perspectives on Politics, 1(4).

Cohn, D. (2003) . Book Review: Federalism, Democracy and Health Policy in Canada, by Duane Adams (ed.). Canadian Journal of Political Science, 36(2).

Cohn, D. (1999) . Book Review: False Hopes: Overcoming the Obstacles to a Sustainable, Affordable Medicine by Daniel Callahan. Canadian Public Administration, 42(4).

Cohn, D. (1994) . Book Review: Structuring Politics: Historical Institutionalism in Comparative Analysis by Sven Steinmo, Kathleen Thelen and Frank Longstreth (Eds.). Acta Sociologica, 37(4).

Cohn, D. (1993) . Book Review: Planned Markets and Public Competition: Strategic Reform in Northern European Health Systems by Richard B. Saltman and Casten von Otter. Acta Sociologica, 36(2).

Research Reports

Cohn, D. (2006) . Jumping into the Political Fray: Academics and Policy-Making. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Policy Papers

Cohn, D. (2002) . Regionalization in a Neoliberal Era: Risks and Opportunities for Canada. a brief for The House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Public Hearings on North American Integration, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 7th.

Other

Cohn, D. (2013) RBC's Political Blunder. The Toronto Star 19 April, p. A23.

Cohn, D. (2011) Lead Author with Peter P. Constantinou, Ford, Hudak and Harper, Friends with Benefits? The Mark News 12 January.

Cohn, D. (2011) Lead Author with Peter P. Constantinou, Cabinet and the Existential Crisis of the Centre-Right. The Mark News 12 January.

Cohn, D. (2007) Academics and Public Policy: Keep it Simple and Keep it Coming. Academic Matters: The Journal of Higher Education, October, pp.18-19.

Cohn, D. (2006) Libre opinion: Les universitaires dans la vie publique (Free Ideas: Academics in Public Life), Le Devoir, 13 julliet, p.A6.

Cohn, D. (2002) The Truth about Sweden: Proponents of Private Medicine Told Everyone the Socialist Country was Embracing For-Profit Hospitals, But Now We Know it Wasn't True. Ottawa Citizen, 19 October,p.B7.

Cohn, D. (2001) Public Drug Plans Save Money. Nanaimo Daily News. 5 October, p.A6.

Cohn, D. (2000) Bill 11 Won't Reduce Costs or Waiting Lists. Edmonton Journal, 14 April, p.A19.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/PPAS1110 3.0  Introduction to Public Administration: Bureaucracy and Western Liberal Capitalist Democracy LECT  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/PPAS3190 6.0  Public Administration LECT  


My major research interests are Canadian and Comparative Public Administration, Politics and Policy-Making. I also have teaching interests and expertise in the fields of statistics and research methodology.


The themes covered in my recent publications and on-going research include: civic literacy, health politics and policy-making, alternative service delivery (public-private partnerships), the roles played by academics and their influence in the policy-making process, and democratic participation in governance. As well as my primary appointment in The School of Public Policy and Administration, I am also a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Political Science. I also teach and supervise graduate students in other faculties and programs from time to time.

Area of Specialization

Public Policy, Public Administration, Politics

Degrees

Ph.D., Carleton University
M.S.Sc., Stockholm University
B.A. (Hons.), Carleton University

Professional Leadership

  • Program Committee Member -- Section Chair (Canadian Politics) -- American Political Science Association Annual Conference 2017, San Francisco.
  • Program Committee Member -- Section Co-Chair (Public Administration) -- Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2016, Calgary.
  • Board of Directors Member -- Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration, 2014 - 2016.
  • Council Member -- Organized Section on Health Politics and Policy, American Political Science Association, 2011-2013.
  • Program Committee Member -- Section Chair (Public Policy & Law) -- Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2012, Edmonton, AB.

Community Contributions

  • Member, Board of Directors, Vaughan Social Action Council Jan 2010 to May 2011
  • Volunteer, Out of the Cold Emergency Shelters (Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto) 2006 to 2008
  • Volunteer, Stoney Creek Environmental Committee (Burnaby, BC) 2004 to 2006

Research Interests:

Public Administration , Policy , Health , Politics and Government, Health, Civic Literacy

Current Research Projects

Local Black Out in Effect? Media Coverage of Local Suburban Politics

Summary: 
There has long been concern regarding declining levels of civic literacy, which can be described as the ability to understand political processes such as elections, community consultations, and associational meetings, as well as awareness of these processes. This is said to be a key factor in explaining declining levels of civic participation, such as voting. Research has linked levels of civic literacy to media consumption. Communities with higher levels of newspaper readership tend to have higher levels of civic literacy (see for example Henry Milner, Civic Literacy: How Informed Citizens Make Democracy Work, University Press of New England, 2002). Therefore media consumption and the content of media available to citizens is a key concern for political scientists interested in understanding declining voter turnout rates and especially the consistently low turnout rates for local elections. This research project is concerned with the supply-side of the media-audience relationship. In the Greater Toronto Area and many other large urban areas more people live in suburban municipalities than the core city. Cohn in his 2013 presentation to the Canadian Political Science Association AGM (Local Black Out in Effect?) showed that Canadian newspaper coverage of local elections is weak and worse still does not reflect this population distribution, paying very little attention to local politics outside of core municipalities. This deficiency is seen as a serious challenge for the promotion of civic literacy. The present phase of the project is adding data from a second election for each of the three urban areas studied for Cohn's 2013 paper and also adding data from non-major papers (weekly community papers).


Project Type: Funded
Role: P.I.

Funders: 
LAPS [York University] Minor Research Grant
York University / YUFA Sabbatical Fellowship

Managing Organizations vs. Managing by Contract

Summary: 
Over the last twenty-five years there has been a major shift within many states towards a series of delivery models generically described as “alternative service delivery”. This includes contracting-out service delivery to private for-profit firms, as well as hybrid solutions such creating internal markets, partnerships to deliver services with community organizations and also public-private partnerships (where private for-profit firms partner with the state in a collaborative venture) to name just a few. What all of these approaches have in common is that the traditional approach to the delivery of services, the deployment of resources via an organization arranged in a bureaucratic hierarchy is suspended. Instead a contract is entered into between the state organization acting as a purchaser and another party, with the services being delivered according to the terms of this contract. Using the existing literature, as well as interviews with current public managers in local government, the Ontario public service and the public service of Canada, this research seeks to uncover the different skills, tools and preparation needed to manage by contracts as opposed to managing organizations. Ultimately, this information will be used to assess and advocate for improvements in the curriculum of public administration programs so as to better prepare graduates for management positions in a world where managing by contract will be an everyday part of their work.


Project Type: Self-Funded
Role: P.I.

All Publications

Books

Cohn, D. (1992) . Reforming Health Care in Canada and Sweden 1975-1990. Stockholm, Sweden: Stockholm University International Graduate School

Book Chapters

D.Cohn. (forthcoming) “Academics and Public Policy.” In Laurent Dobizinskis and Michael Howlett (eds.) Policy Analysis in Canada. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Heard, A [lead author] and Cohn, D. (2009) "The Federal Government Should Stay Involved: The Case for a Strong Federal Role in Health Care," in Mark Charlton and Paul Barker (eds.) Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues, Sixth Canadian Edition, Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Cohn, D. (2007) . "Academics and Public Policy: Informing Policy-Analysis and Policy-Making," in Laurent Dobuzinskis, Michael Howlett and David Laycock (eds.) Policy Analysis in Canada: The State of the Art, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Heard, A. [lead author] and D. Cohn (2006). "The Federal Government Should Stay Involved: The Case for a Strong Federal Role in Health Care," in Mark Charlton and Paul Barker (eds.) Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues, Fifth Canadian Edition, Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Cohn, D. (2003) . "Economic Theory and Changing Conceptions of the Public Interest," in Janine Brodie and Linda Trimble (eds.) Reinventing Canada: Politics of the 21st Century, Scarborough, ON: Prentice Hall/Pearson Educational.

Cohn, D. (2002) . "Organizing Political Influence," in Janine Brodie (ed.) Critical Concepts, An Introduction to Politics, Second Edition, Scarborough, ON: Prentice Hall/Pearson Educational.

Cohn, D. (1996) . "The Canada Health and Social Transfer: Transferring Resources or Moral Authority Between Levels of Government?" in Patrick Fafard and Douglas Brown (eds.), Canada the State of the Federation: 1996, Kingston, Canada: Queen's University Institute of Intergovernmental Relations.

S. Hort [lead author] and D. Cohn (1995). Sweden: [A Small but Growing Slice of the Pie for Private Providers]. In N.Johnson (ed.) Private Markets in Health and Welfare: An International Perspective.

Journal Articles

Cohn, D. (2016) Under What Conditions are Ministers Able to 'Let Go' in Westminster-style Political Systems? Evidence from Ontario. Zeitschrift fur Offentliche und Gemeinwirtschaftaftliche Unternehmen (Journal of Public and Nonprofit Services), 39(1-2), pp. 65-76.

Cohn, D. [Lead Author] , L. Foster and I. Green (2011). Learning from History: Program Reviews and Public Safety. Policy Options (February), pp.64-68.

Cohn, D. (2008) . British Columbia's Capital Assets Framework: Moving from Transactional to Transformative Leadership on Public-Private Partnerships, or a 'Railroad Job?' Canadian Public Administration, 51(1), pp.71-96.

Cohn, D. (2008) The New Public Autonomy? Public-Private Partnerships in a Multi-Level, Multi-Accountable, Political Environment: The Case of British Columbia, Canada. Policy & Society, 27(1), pp. 29-42.

Cohn, D. (2006) Transformative Change and Measuring Success: Public-Private Partnerships in British Columbia, 2001-2005. Revue Gouvernance, 3(2), pp. 1-20.

Cohn, D. (2005) Canadian Medicare, is there a Potential for Loyalty? Evidence from Alberta. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 38(2), pp.415-433.

Cohn, D. (2004) . The Public-Private-Partnership `Fetish': Moving beyond the Rhetoric. Revue Gouvernance 1(2), pp.2-24.

Cohn, D. (2004) . The Best of Intentions, Potentially Harmful Policies: A Comparative Study of Scholarly Complexity and Failure. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 6(1), pp.39-56.

Scott-Findlay, S. [lead author] , C. A. Estabrooks, D. Cohn, and C. Pollock.(2002). Nursing Human Resource Policy in Alberta, What Went Wrong. Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, 3(4), pp.348-357.

Cohn, D. (2001) . No Place to Hide: The Unfeasibility of Using an Independent Expert Commission as a Blame Avoidance Mechanism in Westminster Polities, The Case of the Ontario Health Services Restructuring Commission. Canadian Public Administration, 44(1), pp.26-46.

Cohn, D. (1997) . Creating Crises and Avoiding Blame: The Politics of Public Service Reform and the New Public Management in Great Britain and the United States. Administration and Society, 29(5), pp. 584-616.

Conference Proceedings

Cohn, D. jointly with M. Howlett (lead editor), P.J. Smith and Anil (Andy) Hira (Eds.). (2003) . Diversity 21st Century Challenges : Proceedings of the British Columbia Political Studies Association Annual Conference, vol.9.

Conference Papers

Cohn, D. (2016) Canadian Public Administration after the Era of Anti-Interventionism. Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Calgary, AB.

Cohn, D. (2016) Reconciliation between Aboriginal People and Police Services in the Greater Toronto Area. Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration Annual Meeting, Quebec City, QC.

Cohn, D. (2015) Chaoulli Ten Years On: Still About Nothing? The Canadian political Science Association Annual Meeting, Ottawa, ON.

Cohn, D. (2015) Managing Organizations vs. Managing by Contract. Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON.

Cohn, D. (2014) Under what Conditions are Ministers Able to "Let Go" in a Westminster Political System: Evidence from Ontario. International Public Management Symposium, Dresden, Germany.

Cohn, D. (2014) Walkerton and "Best Practices". Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration Annual Meeting, Kingston, ON.

Cohn, D. (2013) Local Blackout in Effect? Newspaper Coverage of Municipal Elections in Three Major Canadian Urban Areas and the Impact on Civic Literacy. The Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Victoria, BC.

Cohn, D. (2012) lead author, with Peter P. Constantinou, Wanted Effective Representation and why Elected Officials do not Answer the Job Ad. The American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (Paper Available via SSRN: Conference Cancelled due to Hurricane Issac).

Cohn, D. (2012) States, the Sharing Community and the Negotiations Culture in the making of the Present Financial Crisis in Europe. Workshop 23: "Economic Ideas and the Political Construction of Financial Crisis and Reform." European Consortium for Political Research Joint Workshops Sessions, Antwerp, Belgium.

Cohn, D. (2010) Population Health at the Climate Change Crossroads. The American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Cohn, D. (2010) Chaoulli Five Years On: All Bark and No Bite? The Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, QC.

Cohn, D. (2010) Here we grow again! The limits of state financial crises as drivers for policy change, the case of Canadian publicly funded health care, evidence from Ontario. The Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Cohn, D. (2009) Public-Private Partnerships: Is There Anything Left to Learn? School of Public Policy & Administration Lunch Talk Series, York University: Toronto, ON.

Cohn, D. (2008) Public-Private Partnership: Steering Not Rowing: The Merits and Demerits of Public-Private Partnerships. McLaughlin College Lunch Talks, York University: Toronto, ON.

Cohn, D. (2007) The New Public Autonomy? Public-Private Partnerships in a Multi-Level, Multi-Accountable, Political Environment: The Case of British Columbia, Canada. The European Group for Public Administration Annual Meeting (Working Group on Intergovernmental Affairs): Madrid, Spain.

Cohn, D. (2006) British Columbia's Capital Assets Framework: Guidelines or a Public-Private Partnerships Railroad Job? The Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting: Toronto, ON.

Cohn, D. (2006) Show Me the Money! Design Build Finance Operate Public-Private Partnerships in British Columbia Canada. The New York State Political Science Association Annual Meeting: New York, NY.

Cohn, D. (2005) . "Out-of-Pocket Health Expenditures in Alberta and British Columbia: The Role of Sub-National Politics," a paper presented to The Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting: London, ON.

Cohn, D. (2005) . "Methodologies of Difference: Knowing When and Where it is Worth Paying the Price to Maintain Distinctiveness in a North America Experiencing Neoliberal Regionalization." Burnaby: Simon Fraser University Centre for Global Political Economy.

Cohn, D. (2005) Academic Scholars and Public Policy: Confronting the Problems Created by Differing Understandings of the Importance of “Context.” Responsibilities of Citizenship and Public Service: Crisis or Challenge. A Conference organized by the Trudeau Foundation and the Institute for Research on Public Policy (Nov 10-12): Glendon College, Toronto ON.

Cohn, D. (2003) . "Party Discipline in Canadian Federal Politics," a paper presented to The Biennial Meeting of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States: Portland, Or.

Cohn, D. (2002) . "A Rational Basis for Unsustainable Fiscal Policy in "Have" Provinces with Neoliberal Governments: Evidence from Ontario," a paper presented to The Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting: Toronto, ON.

Cohn, D. (2002) . "The Best of Intentions, the Worst of Policies: A Comparative Study of Scholarly Complexity and Failure," a paper presented to The American Political Science Association Annual Meeting: Boston, MA.

Cohn, D. (2000) . "The Role of Politics in Shaping Popular Preferences for Different Levels of Taxation and Public Services: Results from a Survey of Alberta Professionals," a paper presented to The Canadian Political Science Association and Quebec Political Science Association Joint Annual Meeting: Quebec City, PQ.

Cohn, D. (2000) . "Blame Canada! U.S. Acceptance of Neoliberal Hemispheric Integration, The Role of Policy Communities," a paper presented to The International Political Science Association Meetings: Quebec City, PQ.

Cohn, D. (1999) . "Efficient and more Equitable? The Delegation of Authority to Determine Facility Closings in a Public Medical Health Care System: A Case Study of Ontario, Canada," a paper presented to The Mid-West Political Science Association Annual Meeting: Chicago, IL.

Cohn, D. (1998) . "The Political Legacy of Neoconservative Rhetoric and Governance: Preliminary Results from Canada and the United States," a paper presented to The Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association: Ottawa, ON.

Cohn, D. (1997) . "The Applicability of Three Theories of State Elites in Recent Canadian Politics: Or Does the Socio-Economic Background of Decision Makers Have an Impact?" a paper presented to The Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association: St. John's, NFLD.

Cohn, D. (1996) . "Creating Crises and Avoiding Blame: The Politics of Public Service Reform and the New Public Management," a paper presented to The 50th New York State Political Science Association Conference: Ithaca, NY.

Cohn, D. (1995) . "Differentiating Public and Private Administration," a paper presented to The 49th New York State Political Science Association Conference: New York, NY.

Book Reviews

Cohn, D. (2005) . Book Review: Regressive Taxation and the Welfare State: Path Dependence and Policy Diffusion, by Junko Kato. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 38(4).

Cohn, D. (2003) . Book Review: Markets and Medicine: the Politics of Health Care Reform in Britain, Germany and the United States, by Susan Giaimo. Perspectives on Politics, 1(4).

Cohn, D. (2003) . Book Review: Federalism, Democracy and Health Policy in Canada, by Duane Adams (ed.). Canadian Journal of Political Science, 36(2).

Cohn, D. (1999) . Book Review: False Hopes: Overcoming the Obstacles to a Sustainable, Affordable Medicine by Daniel Callahan. Canadian Public Administration, 42(4).

Cohn, D. (1994) . Book Review: Structuring Politics: Historical Institutionalism in Comparative Analysis by Sven Steinmo, Kathleen Thelen and Frank Longstreth (Eds.). Acta Sociologica, 37(4).

Cohn, D. (1993) . Book Review: Planned Markets and Public Competition: Strategic Reform in Northern European Health Systems by Richard B. Saltman and Casten von Otter. Acta Sociologica, 36(2).

Research Reports

Cohn, D. (2006) . Jumping into the Political Fray: Academics and Policy-Making. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Policy Papers

Cohn, D. (2002) . Regionalization in a Neoliberal Era: Risks and Opportunities for Canada. a brief for The House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Public Hearings on North American Integration, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 7th.

Other

Cohn, D. (2013) RBC's Political Blunder. The Toronto Star 19 April, p. A23.

Cohn, D. (2011) Lead Author with Peter P. Constantinou, Ford, Hudak and Harper, Friends with Benefits? The Mark News 12 January.

Cohn, D. (2011) Lead Author with Peter P. Constantinou, Cabinet and the Existential Crisis of the Centre-Right. The Mark News 12 January.

Cohn, D. (2007) Academics and Public Policy: Keep it Simple and Keep it Coming. Academic Matters: The Journal of Higher Education, October, pp.18-19.

Cohn, D. (2006) Libre opinion: Les universitaires dans la vie publique (Free Ideas: Academics in Public Life), Le Devoir, 13 julliet, p.A6.

Cohn, D. (2002) The Truth about Sweden: Proponents of Private Medicine Told Everyone the Socialist Country was Embracing For-Profit Hospitals, But Now We Know it Wasn't True. Ottawa Citizen, 19 October,p.B7.

Cohn, D. (2001) Public Drug Plans Save Money. Nanaimo Daily News. 5 October, p.A6.

Cohn, D. (2000) Bill 11 Won't Reduce Costs or Waiting Lists. Edmonton Journal, 14 April, p.A19.


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Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/PPAS1110 3.0  Introduction to Public Administration: Bureaucracy and Western Liberal Capitalist Democracy LECT  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/PPAS3190 6.0  Public Administration LECT