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Keeping Canada Running
Infrastructure and the Future of Governance in a Pandemic World
By (author): G. Bruce Doern By (author): Christopher Stoney By (author): Robert Hilton
G. Bruce Doern , Christopher Stoney , Robert Hilton

Imprint:

McGill-Queen's University Press

ISBN:

9780228006572

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English
Sep 29, 2021
$39.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

229 x 152 mm | 680 gr

Page Count:

442 pages

Illustrations:

7 tables, 5 diagrams
McGill-Queen's University Press
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Infrastructure
Politics and government|Urban and municipal planning and policy
Canada
  • Short Description
In this groundbreaking study, authors Bruce Doern, Christopher Stoney, and Robert Hilton provide the first comprehensive overview of Canadian infrastructure policy, examining the impact and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and rapid technological change as Canada looks to recover and rebuild. Covering more than fifty years across many sectors, the authors identify numerous challenges that have contributed to Canada's growing infrastructure deficit and suboptimal outcomes.
Assessing Canadian infrastructure regimes at a time of crisis and rebuilding.

The federal government's promises to "build back better" and "build back green" highlight opportunities to reimagine Canadian infrastructure. In this groundbreaking study, authors Bruce Doern, Christopher Stoney, and Robert Hilton provide the first comprehensive overview of Canadian infrastructure policy, examining the impact and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and rapid technological change as Canada looks to recover and rebuild.

Covering more than fifty years across many sectors, the authors identify numerous challenges that have contributed to Canada's growing infrastructure deficit and suboptimal outcomes including political interference in the choice of infrastructure projects; challenges for multilevel governance such as distortion of local priorities, blurred accountability, and unsustainable maintenance costs for municipalities; the growing reliance on public-private partnerships that limit transparency and public scrutiny; and increased corruption associated with infrastructure projects.

Transforming infrastructure is notoriously difficult yet vital at a time of rapid technological change. It is estimated that 75 percent of the infrastructure that will exist in 2050 does not exist today. This makes it crucial that Canada invest in future-proof infrastructure with the capacity to facilitate economic growth and the expansion of urban centres, mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and ensure resilience in response to crises and disasters. Keeping Canada Running offers a timely assessment of these issues, Canada's COVID-19 response, and the potential contribution of the newly launched Canadian Infrastructure Bank.

G. Bruce Doern is distinguished research professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University and professor emeritus in the Politics Department at the University of Exeter. Christopher Stoney is associate professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, and director of the Centre for Urban Research and Education at Carleton University. Robert Hilton is a visiting fellow with the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University.

"This book does a great job of tracking the evolution of policies and thinking about infrastructure over the last decades. The field of infrastructure is understudied. I commend the authors for this important work." Kevin Quigley, co-author of Too Critical to Fail: How Canada Manages Threats to Critical Infrastructure

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