CoordinatorCertificate in Public Administration and Leadership
PhD (History): York (Can.)
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Patrice Dutil is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, at Ryerson University. He holds a PhD from York University, an M es Arts from the Université de Montréal, and a BA (Hon.) from York University.
Dutil joined Ryerson in 2006 following 19 years in various parts of the public service. He is a frequent commentator on public affairs on radio and television in Toronto and in the national media. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Toronto Star, National Post, The Globe and Mail, CBC.ca, Inside Policy. In 2013-14 he was a visiting scholar at Massey College (University of Toronto) and visiting professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
Dr. Dutil maintains a detailed site at: http://patricedutil.com/
Patrice Dutil’s main research interests are political and public sector leadership, the process of political development, and the study of elections. He writes about a wide range of issues in the policy development process both from a historical and contemporary standpoint.
[see "Book Chapters" section (below) for chapters authored and co-authored]
- Embattled Nation: Canada’s Wartime Election of 1917 (with David MacKenzie). Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2017.
- Prime Ministerial Power in Canada: Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier and Borden. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017.
- Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies (co-edited with Roger Hall). Toronto: Dundurn, 2014.
- Canada 1911: The Decisive Election that Shaped the Country (with David MacKenzie). Toronto: Dundurn, 2011.
- Reviewed by Arthur Milne, "Borden finally gets his due," The Kingston Whig-Standard, 27 July 2011.
- The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ontario Ministry of Finance, ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.
- Reviewed by Nelson Wiseman in the Canadian Journal of Political Science 44:4 (December 2011): 962-963; and by Alan Maslove in Canadian Public Administration 55:1 (March 2012): 151-153.
- The Service State: Rhetoric, Reality and Promise (with Cosmo Howard, John Langford and Jeffrey Roy). Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2010.
- Searching for Leadership: Secretaries to Cabinet in Canada, ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008; reprint 2010.
- Dreaming of the Regulatory Village; Speaking of the Regulatory State (edited with Michael McConkey). New Directions #18. Toronto: Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 2006.
- L’Avocat du diable: Godfroy Langlois et le liberalisme progressiste dans le Québec de Wilfrid Laurier. Montréal: Robert Davies, 1995.
- Devil's Advocate: Godfroy Langlois and the Politics of Liberal Progressivism in Laurier's Quebec. Montréal: Robert Davies, 1994.
Articles (Refereed Publications):
- “Regulation Governance in the Digital Era: A New Research Agenda” (with Julie Williams). Canadian Public Administration 60:4 (December 2017): 562-580.
- "Crowdsourcing as a new instrument in the government's arsenal: Explorations and considerations." Canadian Public Administration 58:3 (September 2015): 363-383.
- “Paths, Precedents, Parallels and Pendulums: The uses of the Past in Public Policy and Administration.” Canadian Public Administration 57:3 (September 2014): 419-435.
- “Experiential Learning in the Constituency Office: Educational Innovation at Ryerson University.” Canadian Parliamentary Review 37:2 (Summer 2014): 20-24.
- “The Bonds of Institutional Language: A Discursive Institutionalism Approach to the Clerk of the Privy Council’s Annual Report” (with Peter Ryan). Canadian Public Administration 56:1 (March 2013): 26-46.
- This article won the Hodgetts Award for Best Article Published in Canadian Public Administration in 2013.
- “The Office of Premier of Ontario, 1945-2010: Who Really Advises?” (with Peter Constantinou) Canadian Parliamentary Review 36:1 (Spring 2013): 43-50.
- “Social Learning, Feedback Loops, and Public Spheres: Implementing a Values-based Management Model in Heritage Conservation” (with Scott Barrett). Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada: 37:1 (2012): 17-26.
- “Prime ministers and Public Administration.” Canadian Public Administration 51:2 (June 2008): 335-354
- “Rethinking Government-Public Relationships in a Digital World: Customers, Clients or Citizens?” (with Cosmo Howard, John Langford, and Jeffrey Roy ). Journal of Information Technology and Politics 4:1 (2007): 77-90.
- “The Politics of Muzzling 'Lucifer's Representative': A Challenge to Wilfrid Laurier's Liberalism.” Journal of Canadian Studies XXVI:3 (Summer 1993): 113-29.
- Republished in: Quebec Since 1800: Selected Readings, ed. Michael Behiels, 271-289. Irwin Publishing, 2001.
- “The Politics of Progressivism in Quebec: The Gouin 'coup' Revisited.” The Canadian Historical Review LXIX:4 (Fall 1988): 441-465.
Articles (Non-Refereed Publications):
- “The Erosion of Canada's Democratic Institutions.” Inside Policy (26 June 2017).
- “The Imperative of a Referendum.” Fraser Institute. June 2016.
- “Laurier in Quebec: A Battle on Six Fronts.” Inside Policy (February 2016): 13-14.
- “Macdonald's Enduring Success in Quebec.” Canadian Issues (Summer 2015): 26-31.
- “How Will Sir John A. be Remembered in his Third Century?” Inside Policy (February 2015): 22-23
- “The Ghost of Elections Past: 1988 and 1911.” Inside Policy (October 2012): 30-33.
- “The Six Skills of Secretaries to Cabinet.” Public Sector Management 10:2 (June 2008): 19-22.
- “Time for a new, networked public service” (with Tim Reid), Policy Options 28:10 (November 2007): 80-84.
- “Towards a new Accountability: “Governance Dialogue” (with Michael McConkey). Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Association 25th Anniversary Journal (2005): 85-95.
- “Twenty Steps to Sustainable Public-Private Collaboration” (with John Langford and Jeffrey Roy). Public Sector Management 16:2 (December 2005): 4-7.
- “What Next? Ontario’s IT Task Force Begs Some Questions” (with John Langford and Jeffrey Roy). CIO Magazine (October 2005): 20-21.
- “IT Governance: A Review of Ontario’s Special Task Force” (with John Langford and Jeffrey Roy). Optimum Online 35:3 (September 2005): 43-48. http://optimumonline.ca/print.phtml?id=233 (free subscription required to view online)
- “How does this work, anyway? Gomery takes another look at Ottawa’s machinery.” The Beaver (February 2005): 20.
- “A Summer Chill." Canada Remembers (April 1994).
- “Un vent froid en plein été.” Le Canada se souvient (avril 1994).
- “Students are Apathetic Readers.” The Excalibur (6 November 1986).
- “Infrastructure Ontario: The Agencification of Public Works in a Canadian Province.” In Public Enterprises Today: Missions, Performance and Governance – Learning from Fifteen Cases [Les entreprises publiques aujourd’hui : missions, performance, gouvernance - Leçons de quinze études de cas], ed. Luc Bernier, 303-334. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2015.
- “The Institutionalization of Foreign Affairs (1909-2013).” In Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas, 3rd ed., ed. Duane Bratt and Christopher Kukucha, 239-58. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2015.
- “A Macdonald for our Time”(with Roger Hall). In Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies, ed. Patrice Dutil and Roger Hall, 13-24. Toronto: Dundurn, 2014.
- “Macdonald, his 'Ottawa Men' and the Consolidation of Prime Ministerial Power (1867-1873).” In Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies, ed. Patrice Dutil and Roger Hall, 282-311. Toronto: Dundurn, 2014.
- “A Legacy Lost: Macdonald in the Memory of his Successors” (with Sean Conway). In Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies, ed. Patrice Dutil and Roger Hall, 379-405. Toronto: Dundurn, 2014.
- "How Ontario Was Won: The Harper Economic Action Plan in Ontario, 2009-2011” (with Byoungjun Park). Chapter 12 in How Ottawa Spends, 2012-2013: The Harper Majority, Budget Cuts, and the New Opposition, ed. G. Bruce Doern and Christopher Stoney, 207-226. Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012.
- “Pour cimenter la nordicité: L’administration publique des politiques culturelles dans les territoires du nord." In La politique culturelle et l'Administration "culturelle" des gouvernements provinciaux et territoriaux du Canada, ed. Diane Saint-Pierre et Monica Gattinger. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2012.
- “Cimenter la nordicité : les politiques culturelles des territoires du Nord.” In Les politiques culturelles provinciales et territoriales du Canada : origines, évolutions et mises en œuvre, ed. Monica Gattinger and Diane Saint-Pierre, 499-537. Québec : Presses de l’université Laval, 2011.
- “The Institutionalization of Foreign Affairs (1909-2009).” In Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas, 2nd ed., ed. Duane Bratt and Christopher Kukucha, 239-258. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2011.
- “Introduction.” In The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario, ed. Patrice Dutil, 3-12. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.
- “From ‘Treasury’ to ‘Finance’: The Anatomy of a Guardian,1961 to 2001” (with Devyn Leonard). In The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario, ed. Patrice Dutil, 37-73. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.
- “Thoughts into Words: The Budget Speech, 1968 – 2003” (with Peter Ryan, and André Gossignac). In The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario, ed. Patrice Dutil, 162-205. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.
- “Guardians in check: The Impact of health Care on the Ontario Budget, 1960 – 2004.” In The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario, ed. Patrice Dutil, 320-350. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.
- “Conclusion.” In The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario, ed. Patrice Dutil, 350-354. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.
- “Searching for Leadership.” In Approaching Public Administration: Core Debates and Emerging Issues, ed. Roberto P. Leone and Frank L.K. Ohemeng, 333-339. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2011.
- “The Road to NGO: the Transformation of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (1985-1995)” (with Michael McConkey). In Professionalism and Public Service: Essays in Honour of Kenneth Kernaghan, ed. David Siegel and Ken Rasmussen, 266-287. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.
- “L’écho des Deux-Montagnes” and “Le Pays” in Dictionnaire de la censure au Québec-Littérature et cinéma, ed. Pierre Hébert et al., 224-225 and 529-531. Sherbrooke: Presses de l’Université de Sherbrooke, 2006.
- “Against Isolationism: Napoléon Belcourt, French Canada and ‘La grande guerre’.” In Canada and the First World War: Essays in Honour of Robert Craig Brown, ed. David MacKenzie, 96-138. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.
- John Hilliker, Mary Halloran, Greg Donaghy. Canada's Department of External Affairs, Vol. 3: Innovation and Adaptation, 1968-1984. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.
- Jack Lucas. Fields of Authority: Special Purpose Governance, 1815-2015. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.
- Christopher Alcantara and Jen Nelles. A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous-Local Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.
- Jonathan Craft. Backrooms and Beyond: Partisan Advisers and the Politics of Policy Work in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.
- Peter Elsen, ed. Funding Policies and the Non-Profit Sector in Western Canada: Evolving Relationships in a Changing Environment. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.
- David Siegel. Leaders in the Shadows: The Leadership Qualities of Municipal Chief Administrative Officers. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.
- David A. Good. The Politics of Public Money, 2nd ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2014.
- Charles Conteh and Bob Segsworth, ed. Governance in Northern Ontario. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
- David Zussman. Off and Running: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Government Transitions in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
- Jacques Bourgault and Christopher Dunn, ed. Deputy Ministers in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
- Gregory J. Inwood and Carolyn Johns, ed. Commissions of Inquiry and Policy in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
- Peter Graefe, Julie M. Simmons, and Linda A. White, ed. Overpromising and Underperforming? Understanding and Evaluating New Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes. Toronto:University of Toronto Press, 2012.
- Gregory Marchildon, ed. Making Medicare: New Perspectives on the History of Medicare in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.
- Robert Wardaugh. Behind the Scenes: The Life and Work of William Clifford Clark. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
- Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and John Martin, ed. Local Government in a Global World. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
- Edmund P. Fowler, Cities, Culture and Granite. Toronto: Guernica Editions Inc., 2004.
- “Why Trudeau Abandoned Electoral Reform: The Case Against Change.” Review of Should We Change How We Vote? Evaluating Canada’s Electoral System, ed. Andrew Potter, Daniel Weinstock and Peter Loewen (Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017), 230 pp. Literary Review of Canada 25:4 (May 2017): 9-10.
- Review of Reforming the Public Sector: How to Achieve Better Transparency, Service and Leadership, ed. Giovanni Tria and Giovanni Valotti (Washington, DC: Brookings Institute, 2012) 311 pp. Canadian Public Administration 56:2 (June 2013): 361-363.
- Review of The Evolving Physiology of Government, ed. O.P. Dwivedi, Tim Mau, and Byron Sheldrick (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2009) 450 pp. Canadian Public Policy 37:4 (December 2011): 579-581.
- Review of Changement ou continuité ? Les processus participatifs au gouvernement du Canada, 1975-2005 by Francis Garon. (Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval, coll. «Gouvernance et gestion publique», 2009) 190 pp. Politique et Sociétés 29:2 (2010): 164-65.
- “The Private Option: Who Should Own our Hospitals, Roads and Schools?” Review of Public Service, Private Profits: The Political Economy of Public-Private Partnerships in Canada by John Loxley (Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2010) 208 pp. Literary Review of Canada 18:7 (September 2010): 6-7.
- Review of L’approche systémique de la gestion des ressources humaines. Le contrat psychologique des relations d’emploi dans les administration publiques du XXIe siècle by Louise Lemire and Gaétan Martel (Québec: Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2007) 412 pp. Canadian Public Administration 51:3 (September 2008): 538-540.
- Review of Rules, Rules, Rules, Rules: Multilevel Regulatory Governance ed. by Bruce Doern and Robert Johnson (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006) 368 pp. Canadian Public Administration/Administration publique du Canada 50: 1 (Spring 2007): 127-130.
- Review of Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life by Theda Skocpol (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004) 388 pp. and Leadership in Non-Profit Organizations by Barry Dym and Harry Hutson (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005) 248 pp. Canadian Public Administration/Administration publique du Canada 48:4 (Winter 2005): 582-584.
- “Monsieur Pivot's Visit.” Review of Bernard Pivot, Bouillon de culture (a French literary television program) recorded in Québec on 23 May 1996 and aired nationally on 16 June 1996. The Literary Review of Canada 5:7 (July/August 1996): 27.
- “John A. Macdonald was Canada, in his day and age. His name should endure.” CBC News, 31 August 2017.
- "Without a Referendum, Electoral Reform is Unconstitutional." The Globe and Mail, 23 June 2016.
- "How Ontario's Election Reforms Prop up Your Municipal Councillors." Ottawa Citizen, 16 June 2016
- “Toronto needs political parties.” Toronto Star (op. ed.), 13 April 2016, A17.
- "Trudeau's arrogant, misguided approach to electoral reform" [online as "The Trudeau government's arrogant approach to electoral reform"]. Toronto Star, 09 December 2015, A19.
- Letters in response were published under the heading "Reforming an outmoded voting system" (online "Reforming our voting system"). Toronto Star, 12 December 2015, IN7.
- “We should cast out the caricature of John A. Macdonald and respect him as the founder he was.” National Post, 11 January 2015.
- “Daring to Remember Sir John A.” [online as "Toronto should dare to remember Sir John A."]. Toronto Star, 18 February 2014.
- “Sir John A. Macdonald Deserves an Ave” [online "We should be driving on Sir John A. Macdonald Avenue"]. Toronto Star, 30 December 2013.
- “Take hope, Liberals lesson of history is you can survive” (with David MacKenzie). Toronto Star, 19 September 2011.
- "When Brûlé dipped his paddle into history." Toronto Star, 17 July 2011, A13.
- "The great fiscal imbalance debate ... of 1906." Globe and Mail, 07 October 2006, A15.
- "No Strings: Political meddling can harm the civil service.” Winnipeg Free Press, 06 April 2006, A10.
- “Not Much Cheer on Labour Day” (with Ron Saunders). Toronto Star, 05 September 2005, A13.
- “Trudeau 20 years on: Time to Reconsider the Legends.” The Globe and Mail, 24 June 1988.
- “Les réformismes soviétiques d'hier.” La Presse, 14 décembre 1987.
- “La république d'Algérie a 25 ans: Dans l'ombre de Boumediene.” L’Express de Toronto, 14 juillet 1987.
- “Godfroy Langlois.” Dictionnaire des intellectuels Québécois, ed. Michel Lacroix, Yvan Lamonde, Collectif, Marie-Andrée Bergeron, Jonathan Livernois. Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2017.
- “Napoléon Belcourt.” Dictionary of Canadian Biography Vol XVI, 1931-1940. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.
- “L’Écho des Deux-Montagnes” and “Le Pays.” Dictionnaire de la censure au Québec-Littérature et cinema, ed. Pierre Hébert, Kenneth Landry, and Yves Lever. Montréal: Les Éditions Fides, 2006.
- “Godfroy Langlois, 1866-1928.” Dictionary of Canadian Biography Vol XV, 1921-1930. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005 p. 150.
- “The Top Ten Topics in Public Administration” (with Michael McConkey). New Directions #19 (Toronto: Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 2006) 69 pp.
- “Public-Private Partnerships in E-Government: Best Practices in Service Transformation” (with John Langford and Jeffrey Roy). New Directions #17 (Toronto: Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 2005) 52pp..
- “New Approaches in Achieving Compliance with Statutory Employment Standards” (with Ron Saunders). New Directions #15 (Toronto: Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 2005) 45 pp.
- “The Prospects and Promise of Alternative Service Delivery in Municipalities (with Toby Fyfe and Michael McConkey). New Directions #14 (Toronto: Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 2004) 88 pp.
- “Making Connections: Municipal Governance Priorities Today” (co-edited with Michael McConkey). New Directions #13 (Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 2004) 135 pp.
- “Competitive Cities, Healthy Communities: Charting Collaboration” New Directions #12 (Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 2003) 74 pp.
Patrice Dutil sits on the editorial committee of the International Review of Administrative Sciences, was president of the Champlain Society from 2011 to 2017, and continues to be heavily involved in a number of civic and and scholarly organizations.
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