Bryan Evans is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies. In addition to a PhD in Political Science from York University, he holds a Master of Arts from York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University.
Dr. Evans joined the faculty of Ryerson's Department of Politics and Public Administration in August 2003, however, his association with the Department, as a sessional instructor and member of the Department's Advisory Council goes back to the early 1990s. Prior to his appointment to a tenure-stream position, Bryan enjoyed a diverse career as a researcher, policy advisor and senior manager spanning several public sector organizations including the Ontario Legislative Assembly, the Ontario Public Service and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
His teaching and research interests focus on public service leadership, the politics and public management of neoliberalization, the effect of privatization on public sector employment and the quality of public services, policy capacity, and provincial government and politics. His publications reflect this research agenda and most notably, Shrinking the State, co-authored with Dr. John Shields, is regarded as a path-breaking contribution toward a critical understanding of the new public management and public sector restructuring.
Professor Evans integrates his research with various political, professional and community activities. He has served as an elected faculty representative on Ryerson's Board of Governors and has been a regular media commentator on provincial politics. On 28 March 2012, for example, he appeared on The Agenda with Steve Paikin (TVO) to discuss The Politics of Austerity. He currently serves as an advisor to the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s (IPAC) annual survey of deputy ministers and chief administrative officers, and was a member of the IPAC’s Research Committee and Editor of the Case Study Series. In addition, he is a member of the editorial boards of the following journals: Administrative Sciences; Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research; and Socialist Studies: The Journal of the Society of Socialist Studies. In addition he is a member of the editorial board of Relay: A Socialist Project Review, a quarterly magazine of political analysis and commentary.
In 2009, Bryan was appointed to the board of directors of the Centre for Social Justice.
Current research projects include: “Policy Work in the Provinces: The 'Production' of Policy Analysis and Advice in Canada's Provincial Public Services”, a SSHRC funded ($132,000) research project; green energy policies as part of a $1 million SSHRC-CURA grant (Work in a Warming World) lead by Dr. Carla Lipsig-Mumme (York University); changing roles of labour ministries; privatization of public services delivery; and the politics and policy of austerity in the post ‘rescue’ period.
Forthcoming publications include:
- “Are Non-government Policy Actors Being Heard? Assessing New Public Governance” (with Halina Sapeha (McMaster)]. Canadian Public Administration (forthcoming).
- “Tales of Policy Estrangement: Non-governmental Policy Work and Capacity in Three Canadian Provinces” [with Adam Wellstead (Michigan Technological University)]. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (forthcoming).
- From Pragmatism to Neoliberalism: The Remaking of Ontario's Politics and Administrative State. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming.
- “Neoliberalism and the Ontario State: Organizing Austerity in Historical Perspective.” In Divided Province: Ontario Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism, ed. Greg Albo and Bob MacDermid. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming.
- Transforming Provincial Politics: The Political Economy of Canada's Provinces and Territories in the Era of Neoliberalism, (ed. with Charles W. Smith). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
- “Social Democracy in the New Age of Austerity.” In Orchestrating Austerity: Impacts and Resistance, ed. Donna Baines and Stephen McBride, 79-90. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2014.
- Contemporary Policy Work in Subnational States and NGOs.” A special edition (guest edited with Arnošt Veselý) of Policy and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Policy Research 33:2 (2014).
- “Nonprofit engagement with provincial policy officials: The case of NGO policy voice in Canadian immigrant settlement services” (with John Shields). Policy and Society 33:2 (2014): 77-87.
- “Contemporary policy work in subnational governments and NGOs: Comparing evidence from Australia, Canada and the Czech Republic” (with Arnošt Veselý). Policy and Society 33:2 (2014): 103-115.
- “Comparing sub-national policy workers in Canada and the Czech Republic: Who are they, what do they do, and why does it matter?” (with Arnošt Veselý and Adam Wellstead). Policy and Society 33:2 (2014): 117-127.
- “The distribution of analytical techniques in policy advisory systems: Policy formulation and the tools of policy appraisal” [with Michael Howlett (Simon Fraser), Seck L. Tan (National University of Singapore), Andrea Migone (Simon Fraser), and Adam Wellstead (Michigan Technological University). Public Policy and Administration, 24 March 2014. DOI: 10.1177/0952076714524810.
- “From “Gurus” to Chief Executives? The Contestable Transformation of Ontario’s Deputy Ministers, 1971 to 2007” (with Janet Lum and Duncan MacLellan). Ch. 6 in Deputy Ministers in Canada: Comparative and Jurisdictional Perspectives, ed. Jacques Bourgault and Christopher Dunn, 148-200. IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
- “A Canada-wide Survey of Deputy and Assistant Deputy Ministers: A Descriptive Analysis” (with Janet Lum and John Shields). Ch. 12 in Deputy Ministers in Canada: Comparative and Jurisdictional Perspectives, ed. Jacques Bourgault and Christopher Dunn, 324 – 363. IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
- Climate Change and Its Discontents – Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research 25 (2014). Yearly edition (co-edited with Carlo Fanelli).
- “Climate Change and its Discontents” (with Carlo Fanelli). Editorial introduction to Climate Change and Its Discontents – Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research 25 (2014): 9-12.
- “The Commodification of Public Services” (Review Essay). Work Organization, Labour and Globalization 7:1 (2013): 149-152.
- “When Your Boss is the State.” In Public Sector Unions in the Age of Austerity, ed. Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage, 18-30. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2013.
- “Policy Dialogue and Engagement between Non-Governmental Organizations and Government: A Survey of Processes and Instruments of Canadian Policy Workers” [with Adam Wellstead (Michigan Technological University)]. Central European Journal of Public Policy 7:1 (June 2013): 60-87.
- Great Recession-Proof?: Shattering the Myth of Canadian Exceptionalism – Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research 24 (2013). Yearly edition (co-edited with Carlo Fanelli).
- “Trends in Australian and Canadian Public Service Perceptions from an Employee Survey Perspective” (with Catherine Althaus [University of Victoria (AUS)] and Emily Rathbone [University of Victoria (AUS)]. Australian Journal of Public Administration 71:4 (2012): 423-439.
- “Building a Policy-Oriented Research Partnership for Knowledge Mobilization and Knowledge Transfer: The Case of the Canadian Metropolis Project” (with John Shields). Administrative Sciences 2:4 (2012): 250-272.
- “Poverty Reduction Strategies: What a Difference an Economic Crisis Makes” (with Andrew Mitchell). Canadian Review of Social Policy / Revue Canadienne de Politique Social 65/66 (2011) : i-xi.
- Social Democracy after the Cold War, ed. (with Ingo Schmidt). Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2012.
Reviewed by Max Crook, Capital and Class 37:2 (June 2013): 341-43.
- “Introduction: The New Social Democracy.” In Social Democracy after the Cold War, ed. Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt, 1-11. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2012.
- “From Protest Movement to Neoliberal Management: Canada’s New Democratic Party in the Era of Permanent Austerity.” In Social Democracy after the Cold War, ed. Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt, 45-98. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2012.
- “The New Democratic Party in the Era of Neoliberalism.” In Re-Thinking the Politics of Labour in Canada, ed. Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage, 48-61. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2012.
- Organizing for Austerity: The Neoliberal State, Regulating Labour, and Working Class Resistance (with Ian Hussey, eds.). Special edition of Socialist Studies: The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies 7:1/2 (2011).
- “Policy Opinions of Canada’s Top Public Service Leaders” (with Janet M. Lum and John Shields). Public Sector Digest (July 2011, “A Special Issue on Leadership”).
- “The Changing Profile of Canada’s Top Public Service Leaders” (with Janet Lum and John Shields). Public Sector Digest, June 2011.
- “Assessing policy capacity in Canada's public services: Perspectives of deputy and assistant deputy ministers” (with Tuna Baskoy and John Shields). Canadian Public Administration 54:2 (June 2011): 217–234.
- “From Pragmatism to Neoliberalism: Ontario’s hesitant Farewell to Dr. Keynes” (with John Shields). In The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario, ed. Patrice Dutil, 131-161. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.
- “Permanent Austerity: The Politics of the Canadian Exit Strategy from Fiscal Stimulus” (with Gregory Albo). Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research 22 (2011): 7-28. Saving Global Capitalism: Interrogating Austerity and Working Class Responses to Crises, eds. Carlo Fanelli, Chris Hurl, Priscilia Lefebre and Gulden Ozcan. Ottawa: Red Quill Books.
- “From Rescue Strategies To Exit Strategies: The Struggle Over Public Sector Austerity” (with Gregory Albo). In Socialist Register 47 (2011): The Crisis This Time, ed. Leo Panitch, Greg Albo and Vivek Chibber, 283-308. Pontypools, Wales: Merlin Press, 2010.
- “The Third Sector and the Provision of Public Good: Partnerships, Contracting and the Neo-liberal State” (with John Shields). In The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration, 2nd ed., ed. Christopher Dunn, 305-318. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- Review of Regulating Flexibility: The Political Economy of Employment Standards, Mark P. Thomas. Socialist Studies: The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies 5:2 (Fall 2009): 163-65.
- “Ontario’s Budgetary Dilemmas: Exit Strategies and Neoliberalism” (with Greg Albo). The Bullet 266, 26 October 2009.
- “An End to Neoliberalism? Ontario Responds to the Crisis” (with Greg Albo ). Relay: A Socialist Project Review 27 (Jul-Sep 2009): 4-6.
- “Some Preliminary Findings on Government Policy Capacity from a Survey of Senior Public Policy Professionals” (with Janet Lum and John Shields). Ryerson Policy Capacity Report 1 (July 2009): 1-11.
- “Election 2008: Five Parties and Few Options,” Outlook: Canada's Progressive Jewish Magazine 46:5 (Sept-Oct 2008): 5-6.
- “Capacity, Complexity, and Leadership: Secretaries to Cabinet and Ontario’s Project of Modernization at the Centre.” In Searching for Leadership: Secretaries to Cabinet in Canada, ed. Patrice Dutil, 121-160. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.
- “Knowledge Mobilization/Transfer, Research Partnerships, and Policymaking: Some Conceptual and Practical Considerations” (with John Shields). Policy Matters 33 (April 2008): 1-13. A report of CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre.
- “The Poverty of Ontario’s Liberals: The 2008 Budget.” The Bullet 92 (29 March 2008).
- “Taxes and the forward march of Neoliberalism.” The Bullet 84 (29 February 2008). Reprinted by rabble.ca, Canadian Dimension online, and by Global Research.ca.
- “Capacity, Complexity and Leadership: Secretaries to Cabinet and Ontario’s Project of Modernization at the Centre.” In Leadership Lessons of Secretaries to Cabinet, Patrice Dutil, ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press/IPAC, 2008 (Forthcoming).
- “Profiling of the Public Service Élite: A Demographic and Career Trajectory Survey of Deputy and Assistant Deputy Ministers in Canada” (with Janet Lum and John Shields). Canadian Public Administration 50:4 (Winter 2007): 609-634.
- “ ’One Ontario’ Under Neoliberalism.” Canadian Dimension (January/February 2008): 21-24.
- “Limited Horizons: Assessing Ontario’s Election” (with Greg Albo). Relay: A Socialist Project Review 20 (November/December. 2007): 4-7. Also in Europe: solidaire sans frontiers, 11 January 2008. Translated by David Mandel as “Des horizons limités: Les élections ontariennes et ce qui suit” in Presse-toi-a-gauche 15 January 2008.
- “Ontario Budget 2007: Liberals Not in a Hurry.” Relay: A Socialist Project Review 17 (May-June 2007): 32-33.
- “Four Years of Ontario’s Liberals.” Relay: A Socialist Project Review 16 (Mar-Apr 2007): 7-9.
- “In from the Margins: The Dutch Socialist Party.” Relay: A Socialist Project Review 16 (Mar-Apr 2007): 18-19.
- “Echoes of the 1930’s: Today’s Hotel Workers Lead the Struggle to ’Upgrade’ the Service Economy” (with Sedef Arat-Koç and Aparna Sundar). Relay: A Socialist Project Review (Jan.-Feb. 2007): 16-17. [Reprinted by MRzine (On-line Monthly Review), March 15, 2007]
- Review of Ruling Canada: Corporate Cohesion
and Democracy by Jamie Brownlee. Socialist Studies: The Journal
of the Society for Socialist Studies 2:2 (Fall 2006): 113-116.
- “Renewing Democracy in Ontario – From
the Top Down.” Relay: A Socialist Project Review 14 (Nov-Dec 2006): 4-6.
- “This Election will Not End the Impasse of
Canadian Democracy” (with Greg Albo). Relay: A Socialist
Project Review 9 (Jan-Feb 2006): 4-5.
- “The Election and
Canadian Democracy.” MRzine (on-line Monthly Review)
01 Dec 2005.
- “Structuring Neoliberal Governance: The
Nonprofit Sector, Emerging New Modes of Control and the Marketization
of Service Delivery” (with Ted Richmond and John Shields). Policy
and Society (Australia) 24:1 (Fall 2005): 73-97.
- “How the State Changes its Mind: A Gramscian
Account of Ontario’s Managerial Culture Change.” Philosophy
of Management Special Edition, Marx, Marxism and Global Management 5:2 (2005): 47-68.
- “CBC and Hydro Workers Defending Good Jobs:
Employers Seek to Create a Workforce of Excluded.” Relay:
A Socialist Project Review 8 (Nov-Dec 2005): 11-12.
- “Ontario and the New Competitiveness Agenda.”
Relay: A Socialist Project Review 6 (Jul-Aug 2005): 10-11.
- “The Empire and Neoliberalism: Here, There
and Everywhere.” Relay: A Socialist Project Review 5 (May-Jun 2005): 10-11.
- "Capacity, Complexity and Leadership: Secretaries
to Cabinet and Ontario's Project of Modernization at the Centre."
Institute of Public Administration of Canada Special Conference,
Leadership Lessons of Secretaries to Cabinet. Toronto: 12 May
- “Now that the Federal Election is Over…Lessons
and Challenges.” Relay: A Socialist Project Review
1 (Aug-Sep 2004): 4-5.
- Review of The Politics of Public Management:
The HRDC Audit of Grants and Contributions, by David A. Good, Canadian Journal of Political Science 37:4 (December 2004):
- “Old Endings, New Beginnings: Socialist
Realignments,” Canadian Dimension 38:3 (May-Jun 2004):
- “World Public Sector Report: Globalization
and the State 2001,” Canadian Public Administration 46:2 (Summer 2003): 281-284.
- “The poverty of comparative public administration
in a neo-liberal era: a commentary on Subramanium” (with John
Shields). International Review of Administrative Sciences 67:2 (June 2001): 329-334.
- “The Third Sector, Neo-liberal Restructuring
and ‘Partnerships:' Governance and the Re-making of State-Civil
Society Relationships” (with John Shields). In Oxford Handbook
of Canadian Public Administration, ed. Chris Dunn, 139-158. Toronto:
Oxford University Press, 2002.
- “Globalization and the Challenge to Canadian
Democracy: National Governance under Threat” (with Stephen McBride
and John Shields). In Restructuring and Resistance: Canadian Public
Policy in an Age of Global Capitalism , ed. Mike Burke, Colin
Mooers, and John Shields, 80-97. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2000.
- Neoliberal Restructuring and the Third Sector:
Reshaping Governance, Civil Society and Local Relations (with
John Shields). Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies Working Paper No.
13. Toronto: Ryerson University CVSS, July 2000.
- 'Reinventing' the Third Sector: Alternative
Service Delivery, Partnerships and the New Public Administration of
the Canadian Post-Welfare State (with John Shields). Centre for
Voluntary Sector Studies Working Paper No. 9. Toronto: Ryerson University
CVSS, May 1998.