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Book Title: The Cult of Efficiency|
The author of the book: Janice Gross Stein
ISBN 13: 9780887846786
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 8.28 MB
Edition: House of Anansi Press
Date of issue: August 1st 2002
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We live in an age dominated by the cult of efficiency. Efficiency in the raging debate about public goods is often used as a code word to advance political agendas. When it is used correctly, efficiency is important: it must always be part of the conversation when resources are scarce and citizens and governments have important choices to make among competing priorities.
Even when the language of efficiency is used carefully, that language alone is not enough. Unilingualism will not do. We need to go beyond the cult of efficiency to talk about accountability. Much of the democratic debate of the next decade will turn on how accountability becomes part of our public conversation and whether it is imposed or negotiated.
Janice Gross Stein draws on public education and universal health care, locally and globally, as flashpoints in the debate about their efficiency. She argues that what will define the quality of education from Ontario to India and the quality of health care from China to Alberta is whether citizens and governments can negotiate new standards of accountability. The cult of efficiency will not take us far enough.
Read information about the authorJanice Gross Stein is Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She was the Massey Lecturer in 2001 and a Trudeau Fellow in 2003. She was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate. She is an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. She has received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta, McMaster University, the University of Cape Breton, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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