Hot Topic: Federal Budget

Once the federal budget is unveiled, Carleton experts will be available to sort through the details and provide insight about what the changes mean.

Justin Paulson
Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology  and the Institute of Political Economy
Office: 613-520-2600 ext. 2938

Paulson is a political sociologist who joined Carleton in 2008.  He teaches theories of political economy and both classical and contemporary sociological theory, as well as courses on social movements.  His research focuses on social movement development and decline, economic and labour history and debate around public goods and services.

Paulson is particularly interested in the implications of the budget’s spending priorities: what they reveal about the relationship of the government to labour and capital, or to the public sector; how they may contribute to or detract from economic growth; and the extent to which they reflect practicality or ideology.

Susan Phillips
Professor and Director of the School of Public Policy and Administration
Office: 613-520-2600 x 2633

Phillips’ research focuses on the evolving relationship between government and civil society – in policy development, service delivery and promotion of citizenship.  In particular, her work concentrates on comparative analysis of the policy, regulatory and financing frameworks that enable (or constrain) the work of civil-society organizations and philanthropy and the implications for public management.

Allan Maslove
Professor Emeritus in the School of Public Policy and Administration
Office: 613-520-2600, ext. 1285
Cell: 613-866-1475

Maslove is the co-author of Canadian Public Budgeting in Times of Crises to be published this April. Most of his research is in two areas. The first is the financing of health care in Canada, with a focus on the federal-provincial fiscal arrangements and the second is public budgeting.

Robert P. Shepherd
Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration
Office: 613-520-2600 ext. 2257

Shepherd joined the School of Public Policy and Public Administration in 2007 after serving in positions inside and outside the federal government. In 1986, he co-founded a management-consulting firm in Ottawa focusing on public management and program evaluation research.

His research interests lie mainly in the areas of public management reform efforts. As governments struggle to find innovative ways to hold politicians and bureaucracies to account, new ways are being developed that pose interesting dynamics that may or may not be consistent with Westminster parliamentary systems. As such, he is concerned about the role of parliamentary agents and officers, the changing roles of audit and evaluation functions, how various oversight roles such as ombudsmen and other offices relate to their departments and carry out their work and the changing relationships between central agencies and departments to manage within an increasingly austere and oversight laden system.


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Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
(613) 520-2600, ext. 8718
(613) 240-3305

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