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Daniel Cohn

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School of Public Policy and Administration

Associate Professor

Office: McLaughlin College, 128
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77276
Email: dcohn@yorku.ca
Primary website: Daniel Cohn's Web Page

Accepting New Graduate Students

I teach in both The School of Public Policy and Administration's Bachelor of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law programs. I am also a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Political Science. Occasionally, I have also taught and supervised graduate students in other faculties and programs. Topics covered in my recent publications and ongoing research include: media coverage of local politics; the role of academic actors and advice in the public policy process; the impact of the new public management (NPM) and networked governance on the role of ministers; alternative service delivery and bureaucratic organizations. Public Policy areas I have expertise in include health and social policy and public-private partnerships. Geographic areas covered in my past research include Canada, the United States and Western Europe.

Degrees

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

Professional Leadership

  • Chair -- 2018 Mildred Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award Selection Committee -- Canadian Politics Section, American Political Science Association.
  • Program Committee Member -- Section Chair (Canadian Politics) -- 2017 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
  • Program Committee Member -- Section Co-Chair (Public Administration) -- 2016 Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Calgary.
  • Board of Directors Member -- Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration, 2014 - 2016.
  • Council Member -- Health Politics and Policy Section, American Political Science Association, 2011-2013.

    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, Area Specializations: North America and Western Europe

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).

    See more
    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.

    See more
    Role: P.I.

London and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario: How the Political Economy of Neoliberal Globalism has Played Out in Two Urban Areas

    Summary:

    London, Ontario and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario are two mid-sized urban areas located in the Southwest of the Province. In the mid-1980, as Canada embarked on the era of neoliberal globalism the two urban areas were also very similar in terms of their demographics, structures of their local economies, and their endowments of social resources (educational and health institutions, community organizations, etc.). Yet thirtyfive years on, there is a general consensus that Kitchener-Waterloo has done better during the era of Neoliberal Globalism than has London. This project will begin by questioning what it means to say an urban area has been successful in terms of economic-development. Having established this definition, the project proceeds to empirically test whether or not the conventional wisdom regarding the differing fates of London and Kitchener-Waterloo is in fact accurate. The third stage of the project seeks to explain why this outcome occurred. This project is in a very preliminary stage. An initial funding application (for a York small research grant) will be submitted in the Spring of 2020 followed by an application for a SSHRC Insight Grant in 2020/21.

    See more
    Role: PI

Books

Publication
Year

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

1992

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

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

2018

Heard, A [lead author] and Cohn, D. "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.

2009

Cohn, D. "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.

2007

Heard, A. [lead author] and D. Cohn. "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.

2006

Cohn, D. "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.

2003

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

2002

Cohn, D. "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.

1996

S. Hort [lead author] and D. Cohn. 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.

1995

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

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

2005

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

2003

Cohn, D. 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).

2003

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

1999

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

1994

Cohn, D. 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).

1993

Monographs

Publication
Year

Cohn, D. Jumping into the Political Fray: Academics and Policy-Making, Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy. Available online at: https://irpp.org/research-studies/policy-matters-vol7-no3/

2006

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Cohn, D. "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.

2016

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

2011

Cohn, D. "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.

2008

Cohn, D. "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.

2008

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

2006

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

2005

Cohn, D. "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.

2004

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

2004

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

2002

Cohn, D. "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.

2001

Cohn, D. "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.

1997

Professional Journal Articles

Publication
Year

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.

2007

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

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

2016

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.

2016

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

2015

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

2015

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.

2014

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

2014

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.

2013

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).

2012

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.

2012

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

2010

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.

2010

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

2010

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

2009

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.

2008

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.

2007

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.

2006

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.

2006

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.

2005

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.

2005

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.

2005

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.

2003

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.

2002

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.

2002

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.

2000

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.

2000

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.

1999

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.

1998

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.

1997

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.

1996

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

1995

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

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.

2003

Policy Papers

Publication
Year

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.

2002

Other

Publication
Year

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

2013

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

2011

Cohn, D. [Lead Author] and Peter P. Constantinou. Cabinet and the Existential Crisis of the Centre-Right. The Mark News 12 January.

2011

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

2006

Cohn, D. 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.

2002

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

2001

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

2000

Approach to Teaching


At the undergraduate level I use a mix of methods depending on the level of the course and topic. Most of my undergraduate classes contain some element of experiential education. I place a strong emphasis on assignments that help students to develop their analytical and critical thinking, as well the development of their communications skills and capacity to work in teams.

Current Graduate Supervisions

  • Political Science Graduate Program: 3 Ph.D. Supervisions; 1 Ph.D. Committee Membership
  • Social and Political Thought: 1 Ph.D. Committee Membership
  • Master of Public and International Affairs: 1 Master's Research Paper Supervision


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/PPAS3190 6.0 A Public Administration LECT
Fall 2020 AP/PPAS1110 3.0 A Introduction to Public Administration LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/PPAS3190 6.0 A Public Administration LECT
Winter 2021 GS/PPAL6200 3.0 M Research Methods and Information Systems SEMR

I teach in both The School of Public Policy and Administration's Bachelor of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law programs. I am also a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Department of Political Science. Occasionally, I have also taught and supervised graduate students in other faculties and programs. Topics covered in my recent publications and ongoing research include: media coverage of local politics; the role of academic actors and advice in the public policy process; the impact of the new public management (NPM) and networked governance on the role of ministers; alternative service delivery and bureaucratic organizations. Public Policy areas I have expertise in include health and social policy and public-private partnerships. Geographic areas covered in my past research include Canada, the United States and Western Europe.

Degrees

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

Professional Leadership

  • Chair -- 2018 Mildred Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award Selection Committee -- Canadian Politics Section, American Political Science Association.
  • Program Committee Member -- Section Chair (Canadian Politics) -- 2017 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
  • Program Committee Member -- Section Co-Chair (Public Administration) -- 2016 Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Calgary.
  • Board of Directors Member -- Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration, 2014 - 2016.
  • Council Member -- Health Politics and Policy Section, American Political Science Association, 2011-2013.

    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, Area Specializations: North America and Western Europe

    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.

    London and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario: How the Political Economy of Neoliberal Globalism has Played Out in Two Urban Areas

      Summary:

      London, Ontario and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario are two mid-sized urban areas located in the Southwest of the Province. In the mid-1980, as Canada embarked on the era of neoliberal globalism the two urban areas were also very similar in terms of their demographics, structures of their local economies, and their endowments of social resources (educational and health institutions, community organizations, etc.). Yet thirtyfive years on, there is a general consensus that Kitchener-Waterloo has done better during the era of Neoliberal Globalism than has London. This project will begin by questioning what it means to say an urban area has been successful in terms of economic-development. Having established this definition, the project proceeds to empirically test whether or not the conventional wisdom regarding the differing fates of London and Kitchener-Waterloo is in fact accurate. The third stage of the project seeks to explain why this outcome occurred. This project is in a very preliminary stage. An initial funding application (for a York small research grant) will be submitted in the Spring of 2020 followed by an application for a SSHRC Insight Grant in 2020/21.

      Role: PI

    All Publications


    Book Chapters

    Publication
    Year

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

    2018

    Heard, A [lead author] and Cohn, D. "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.

    2009

    Cohn, D. "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.

    2007

    Heard, A. [lead author] and D. Cohn. "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.

    2006

    Cohn, D. "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.

    2003

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

    2002

    Cohn, D. "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.

    1996

    S. Hort [lead author] and D. Cohn. 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.

    1995

    Book Reviews

    Publication
    Year

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

    2005

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

    2003

    Cohn, D. 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).

    2003

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

    1999

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

    1994

    Cohn, D. 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).

    1993

    Books

    Publication
    Year

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

    1992

    Monographs

    Publication
    Year

    Cohn, D. Jumping into the Political Fray: Academics and Policy-Making, Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy. Available online at: https://irpp.org/research-studies/policy-matters-vol7-no3/

    2006

    Journal Articles

    Publication
    Year

    Cohn, D. "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.

    2016

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

    2011

    Cohn, D. "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.

    2008

    Cohn, D. "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.

    2008

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

    2006

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

    2005

    Cohn, D. "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.

    2004

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

    2004

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

    2002

    Cohn, D. "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.

    2001

    Cohn, D. "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.

    1997

    Professional Journal Articles

    Publication
    Year

    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.

    2007

    Conference Papers

    Publication
    Year

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

    2016

    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.

    2016

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

    2015

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

    2015

    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.

    2014

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

    2014

    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.

    2013

    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).

    2012

    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.

    2012

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

    2010

    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.

    2010

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

    2010

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

    2009

    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.

    2008

    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.

    2007

    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.

    2006

    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.

    2006

    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.

    2005

    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.

    2005

    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.

    2005

    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.

    2003

    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.

    2002

    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.

    2002

    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.

    2000

    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.

    2000

    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.

    1999

    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.

    1998

    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.

    1997

    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.

    1996

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

    1995

    Conference Proceedings

    Publication
    Year

    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.

    2003

    Policy Papers

    Publication
    Year

    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.

    2002

    Other

    Publication
    Year

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

    2013

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

    2011

    Cohn, D. [Lead Author] and Peter P. Constantinou. Cabinet and the Existential Crisis of the Centre-Right. The Mark News 12 January.

    2011

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

    2006

    Cohn, D. 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.

    2002

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

    2001

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

    2000

    Approach to Teaching


    At the undergraduate level I use a mix of methods depending on the level of the course and topic. Most of my undergraduate classes contain some element of experiential education. I place a strong emphasis on assignments that help students to develop their analytical and critical thinking, as well the development of their communications skills and capacity to work in teams.

    Current Graduate Supervisions

    • Political Science Graduate Program: 3 Ph.D. Supervisions; 1 Ph.D. Committee Membership
    • Social and Political Thought: 1 Ph.D. Committee Membership
    • Master of Public and International Affairs: 1 Master's Research Paper Supervision


    Current Courses

    Term Course Number Section Title Type
    Fall/Winter 2020 AP/PPAS3190 6.0 A Public Administration LECT
    Fall 2020 AP/PPAS1110 3.0 A Introduction to Public Administration LECT


    Upcoming Courses

    Term Course Number Section Title Type
    Fall/Winter 2020 AP/PPAS3190 6.0 A Public Administration LECT
    Winter 2021 GS/PPAL6200 3.0 M Research Methods and Information Systems SEMR