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Gilles Paquet

Homo hereticus

edited by Caroline Andrew, Ruth Hubbard and Jeffrey Roy

Publication Year: 2009

This volume explores and contextualizes the contributions of Gilles Paquet as a social scientist. A quintessential public intellectual, Gilles Paquet's long and multifaceted career has shown him to be a thinker of significant power and creativity. This self-described "homo hereticus"--always critical and sometimes controversial--has influenced scholars and policy makers in Canada and around the globe. The contributors reveal how his assessments of economics, politics, public administration, and education have stirred their minds and helped them make sense of the world around them. The volume also provides comments on Paquet's vision of governance, touching on concepts of which he has made extensive use: meso-analysis, social learning, and moral contracts. Cet ouvrage examine et remet en contexte les travaux de Gilles Paquet, économiste et historien qui tout au long de sa carrière a été un intellectuel public et un penseur d'une remarquable créativité. Celui qui se décrit lui-même comme un « homo hereticus » -- esprit critique ne craignant pas la controverse -- a exercé une grande influence dans les milieux universitaires et dans le monde des décideurs au Canada et ailleurs. Les auteurs montrent comment ses écrits et ses commentaires sur l'économie, la politique, l'administration publique et l'éducation les ont aidés à mieux comprendre le monde qui les entoure. Cet ouvrage présente notamment certaines des réactions par rapport à sa conception de la gouvernance et à son usage de concepts tels la méso-analyse, l'apprentissage social et le contrat moral.

Published by: University of Ottawa Press

Series: Governance Series

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Table of Contents

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pp. x-xiv

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pp. 1-3

We are fortunate to know Gilles Paquet; to us, he continues to be a trusted adviser, an intellectual sparring partner of significant power and a lively conversationalist, as well as a colleague and a friend. At the same time, Gilles has given so much to so many over a professional career of forty-five years and still counting that we wanted to honour his contributions ...

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pp. 4-28

During Gilles Paquet’s lifetime, the world has changed in profound ways. In 1936, the year that Gilles was born, the father of modern computer science, Alan Turing, published his famous paper “On Computable Numbers.” It would be another ten years before the idea of a computer would move from imagination to electronics. At the beginning of that decade, Canada had no central bank, ...

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pp. 29-30

Th is section looks at Gilles Paquet from the perspective of those who have known him from the vantage point of former students, colleagues, associates, and fellow travellers. While the threads of professional scholar, public intellectual, and classical educator are woven throughout, each essay also provides a little glimpse of this very ...

Part One: The Educator

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Chapter 1. The Al Pacino of Carleton University

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pp. 32-34

I was in my third year at university when I first met Gilles Paquet. He was a professor of economics at Carleton University, and I was a new recruit to the Department of Economics. I had initially enrolled in political science, and like a lot of young people then and now I hadn’t the slightest idea of what I wanted to do (when I grew up). I had chosen political science for the brilliant reason that a ...

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Chapter 2. High Noon

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pp. 35-39

When the “Friends of Gilles Paquet” asked me to prepare an entry for a book about Gilles, I accepted with pleasure. Although more than thirty-five years have passed since I was a graduate student at Carleton University, I still count myself among his disciples and am still influenced by his opinions and thoughts, some recent, others dating back to the time we first became acquainted. Writing about Gilles allows me ...

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Chapter 3. Courtesy of Gilles Paquet

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pp. 57-46

It was in the early 1980s, and I was a lecturer at the Faculty of Administration (today the Telfer School of Management), University of Ottawa. For some time, there had been talk among academic staff and students about the appointment of a new dean, who would head the faculty for the next seven years, but the identity of the chosen candidate remained uncertain. ...

Part Two: The Colleague

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Chapter 4. Getting to Know Gilles Paquet, an Unexpected Pleasure

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pp. 48-49

Gilles Paquet was at the core of an unexpected pleasure that awaited me when I retired from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and joined the School of Management at the University of Ottawa. I had known of Gilles for some years, probably from a time soon after my arrival in Ottawa in 1995. My first memory of him was his voice on CBC Radio ...

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Chapter 5. Fifty Books per Year and Counting

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pp. 50-52

This epigraph comes from The Quantity Theory of Insanity, by Will Self, one of the first novels Gilles Paquet gave to me to read. It was also a first step on a reading path that I took with Gilles and hope will continue. It was about twenty years ago when I heard about Gilles for the first time. I was a newly minted faculty member at the School of Business at Carleton University ...

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Chapter 6. En hommage à Gilles Paquet

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pp. 53-59

J’ai rencontré Gilles Paquet il y a au plus une dizaine d’années. Nous n’avons pas été doyens de facultés au même moment à l’Université d’Ottawa, quand il était le grand patron de la Faculté de gestion et que je faisais mes armes comme nouvelle professeure d’université et qui plus est, en Études des femmes. Il avait été doyen et professeur à Carleton des années avant que je n’y arrive. En d’autres mots, il ...

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Chapter 7. Le journaliste et le communicateur

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pp. 60-68

Demander à un éditorialiste, collègue, émule, et néanmoins ami, de décrire la contribution de Gilles Paquet au monde du journalisme relève davantage de la haute voltige que du témoignage. En eff et, comment concilier le travail du professeur et du chercheur universitaire avec celui du commentateur, de l’éditorialiste, du journaliste et de l’animateur ? ...

Part Three: The Associate

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Chapter 8. Unbundling Paquet

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pp. 70-75

I first met Gilles Paquet while completing the final months of thirty-five years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Recycled as the “diplomat in residence” at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Canadian Studies, I had few acquaintances at the university. But Gilles was omnipresent on campus, and it wasn’t long before our paths crossed. I was pleased to find a home ...

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Chapter 9. Notes sur une longue et fructueuse collaboration

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pp. 76-84

On peut s’engoncer dans la liberté au point de s’en étouff er. On peut aussi engloutir ses lecteurs dans le tsunami mortel des épanchements de confi dences. Ces deux dangers, comme tant d’autres, nous confrontent au moment de survoler plus de 40 années de collaboration suivie et, somme toute, fructueuse. Encore faut-il faire gaff e si l’un des deux larrons (en l’occurrence, moi-même) écrit sur ...

Part Four: The Fellow Traveller

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Chapter 10. An Intimate Vignette

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pp. 86-96

The major focus of a festschrift is invariably the body of work that its hero has contributed to the world, work that calls for being defined and applauded by his or her friends and admirers. Since there is nothing at all invariable or predictable about Gilles Paquet—the raison d’être for this volume—this paper addresses not so much the oeuvre as the oeuvrier, to coin a pun. ...

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pp. 97-98

This section looks at Gilles Paquet in terms of the impact that he has had over the decades. Here we see the threads of professional scholar, public intellectual, and classical educator somewhat more clearly. At the same time, albeit in a small way, the contributions themselves add a little more to a picture of the man himself. ...

Part Five: Repositioning

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Chapter 11. Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Carleton University, 1973−1979

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pp. 100-111

When Gilles Paquet attended his first meeting as dean in September 1973, it was announced that the doctoral programs in chemistry and economics had received qualified assessments as part of the sector assessments undertaken at the provincial level by the Advisory Committee on Academic Planning (ACAP). It was the first time that a university system decision had a negative impact upon the university. ...

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Chapter 12. Gilles Paquet et son rayonment au sein de l’ASDEQ

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pp. 112-116

La contribution de Gilles Paquet à l’Association des économistes québécois (ASDEQ) mérite d’être particulièrement soulignée. Que ce soit à titre de conférencier, de commentateur ou d’organisateur, son sens de l’effi cacité, son dévouement et son expérience, ont permis à Gilles d’inculquer de solides principes de gouvernance à l’Association. Par ses dons de communicateur, il a contribué à sa visibilité ; par ...

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Chapter 13. Une passage marquant à la presidence de la Société royale du Canada

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pp. 117-126

Gilles Paquet ne laisse personne indiff érent. Certes, il n’a pas toujours raison mais on ne s’ennuie jamais en sa compagnie. Doté d’un esprit critique peu commun, il aura inévitablement heurté certains au cours de sa carrière. Mais heureusement pour lui et pour nous tous, cet esprit critique se double d’un admirable sens de l’humour qui lui permet généralement de désarmer l’opposition. ...

Part Six: Influencing

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Chapter 14. Paquet and Jacobs: On Sectoral Relations and a Search for Common Ground

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pp. 128-139

In late August 1991, I arrived at the University of Ottawa’s Vanier Hall for an orientation program offered to new MBA students. At one point, each faculty member teaching a required course in the program was asked to say a few words about the course and how it fit within the overall scheme of things. Gilles Paquet did not disappoint. While most other instructors provided ...

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Chapter 15. Urban Governance à la Paquet

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pp. 140-150

I begin by stating my perspective in this chapter: I can be described as a “frequent fl yer” on Gilles Paquet’s definition of governance. I have used it to think about a variety of policies and programs of urban and local governance in Canadian cities, women in cities, equity-seeking groups in Canadian cities, urban francophones in Ottawa, and immigration policy, again in Ottawa. ...

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Chapter 16. Building Cooperation through Conversation

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pp. 151-164

Robert Wright (2000) argued that the history of humankind could be characterized by what he called the “vector of life,” the tendency of human beings to evolve larger and more complex systems of social cooperation. Th e direction of this arrow of history, he said, points clearly toward increasing interdependence and the adoption of non-zero sum relationships. Despite the long and obvious human history of zero ...

Part Seven: Engaging

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Chapter 17. Paquet as Ironist and Agent Provocateur

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pp. 166-173

This short paper explores one of the most interesting (and indeed virtually unique) characteristics of Gilles Paquet as a scholar and theoretician of public policy and public management. I refer to his capacity, informed by long experience, a vast intellectual range, and an immense body of creative work, not simply to analyze issues and problems, but actually to promote change in institutions through the ...

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Chapter 18. Looking Past the Dots

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pp. 174-186

People sitting in front of a computer screen filled with the comings and goings of randomly generated dots can stare at them until they get a headache. As I discovered, however, if they force themselves to look past the dots, they begin to see something different. As time passes, they start to notice a few relatively stable shapes emerging, made up of individual dots that come and go—constantly ...

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Chapter 19. Gilles Paquet and the Federal Public Service

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pp. 187-197

Th is wide-ranging volume of individual contributions in honour of Professor Emeritus Gilles Paquet is a testimony to a lifetime of scholarship about public policy and democracy in Canada. For almost forty years, Paquet has been an omnipresent observer, teacher, and provocateur about all aspects of Canada’s ongoing development as a nation. ...

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Chapter 20. Letter to the Editor-in-Chief of Optimum Online

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pp. 198-202

Gilles, you started with Optimum: The Journal of Public Sector Management in 1994 and began your work creating a safe place for the public discussion of public issues with volume 26–1, summer 1995. Th e next volume (27–1) saw the journal take on a “modified form and . . . new ambitions.” Optimum had become the stepchild of three parents: Consulting and Audit Canada (Public Works and Government ...

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pp. 203-204

Th is section looks at Gilles Paquet in terms of many of the issue domains in which he has had an influence, both directly and indirectly. It is the professional scholar thread that dominates here, but the tack that the various contributors take in this section says something as well about both the classical educator and the public intellectual threads. Th e chapters also reveal a ...

Part Eight: Organizing Ideas and Concepts

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Chapter 21. The New Geo-Governance

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pp. 206-209

For those interested in public administration the recent book by Gilles Paquet, The New Geo-Governance: A Baroque Approach (2005), is required reading. Paquet’s description of our governing institutions and the rapidly changing contexts in which they are embedded is a word-picture of the highest quality, and his portrayal of our likely governance future is a conceptual tour de force. As is often the case ...

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Chapter 22. Contribution to Governance Scholarship: Defi nitions, Debates, and Omissions

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pp. 210-223

With this deceptively simple definition, Gilles Paquet proposes a conceptualization of governance that may be among the most comprehensive and analytically useful approaches to the term. He has also, through his prolific writing on governance, developed a means of analyzing the concept that elevates it from an abstract, loosely defined term (which is often the case in governance literature), to a veritable—to ...

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Chapter 23. Centralité de la mesoanalyse

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pp. 224-232

Les analyses traditionnelles dans la plupart des sciences sociales ont comme clé d’entrée soit l’acteur pris isolément (l’individu ou la fi rme par exemple en microéconomie), soit un ensemble plus large composé de grands agrégats (comme c’est le cas en macroéconomie). Sans être inutiles, ces visions, qui parfois s’opposent, ne rendent pas compte de certaines réalités médianes (une région dans un ...

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Chapter 24. Contribution to Civic Governance, Social Learning, and Smart Communities

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pp. 233-246

In a core body of writing from the mid-1990s onward, Gilles Paquet analyzed the key processes of governance and social learning that contribute to innovation and growth in the context of local and regional economies. Paquet argued that, due to what he labelled the “paradoxical consequence of globalization,” innovation processes were more congruent with mesolevel, regional, and sectoral realities that ...

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Chapter 25. D’une industrie automobile à gouvernance centralisée à l’invention d’une chaîne de valeur de distribution de services de mobilité à gouvernance distribuée

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pp. 247-268

Cet essai est plus qu’un exercice de style sur l’application, à la Gilles Paquet1, de l’outillage de la théorie de la gouvernance à l’analyse de l’industrie automobile. Commencé dans les aff res des fi gures imposées, ce travail s’est achevé dans la jubilation, celle du chercheur qui a mis la main sur des résultats inattendus, et ce, au moment où la hausse brutale du prix des carburants déclenche un processus ...

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Chapter 26. Gilles Paquet’s Contributions to the Study of Higher Education

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pp. 269-282

About twenty years ago, I had the good fortune to come across the text of a presentation that Gilles Paquet (1988b) had given at a conference in Mississauga, Ontario. This presentation, which subsequently resulted in a publication (Paquet 1990), was on something called the Shadow Sector in higher education. The Shadow Sector is a term that has been used to refer to courses and programs ...

Part Nine: Interpretations

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Chapter 27. Six observations sur la croissance québécoise à la manière de Gilles Paquet

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pp. 284-299

Ayant lu à un tout jeune âge l’Histoire économique et sociale du Québec 1760- 1850 de Fernand Ouellet, j’ai adhéré au départ à l’image que les littérateurs de son époque ont construit de la société canadienne-française d’autrefois : un peuple empêtré dans une irrationalité aveugle et un conservatisme indécrottable, qu’il fallait sortir au plus tôt de son état d’arriération économique et sociale. Cependant, ...

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Chapter 28. The Dialectics of the Heart: Gilles Paquet on Moral Contracts and Social Learning

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pp. 300-320

Perhaps it is not surprising to find that the idea of conversation is one of the connecting threads in Gilles Paquet’s writing and thought. Paquet is, after all, one of our best academic conversationalists. But the lens of conversation lends both an organic unity to his work and reveals him in ways somewhat different from those by which he sometimes presents himself. ...

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Chapter 29. Skills: Banal Creativity and Spontaneity in a Learning Intensive Society

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pp. 321-336

I opened the door. Gilles was sitting at the head of the table. The room was small, painted white, and, to my recollection, windowless. He did not turn as we walked in. He sat and waited. Our delegation of four sat down. It felt very formal. Electricity was in the air. The stakes were high. After three nights of excited and uncomfortable sleep on the floor of the ...

Part Ten: A Tip of the Hat

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Chapter 30. Carbon Pricing as a Wicked Problem

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pp. 338-359

Every society needs a Gilles Paquet. He is a supradisciplinarian, a prodigious scholar who draws on the corpus of the social sciences and governance literatures to rethink and rework the complex interrelationships among and between traditional research areas. We also know him as a superb communicator and interpreter of Canadian policy and practice, not only through his many published books and articles but ...

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Chapter 31. Working Past Age Sixty-Five Will Soon Get More Respect in Canada

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pp. 360-370

By dint of sustained attention to his intellectual development and related performance across a wide field of topics, Gilles Paquet has established himself as one of Canada’s, if not the world’s, quintessential renaissance men. My association with him began when I contributed to his book with Harvey Lithwick on urban development in Canada. Later on, Gilles was helpful with the production of my ...

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pp. 371-372

Oscar Wilde was once quoted as saying, “What is mind but motion in the intellectual sphere?” Without question, this volume demonstrates the degree to which Gilles Paquet is truly a man in motion, with a set of interests and accomplishments perhaps unrivalled in the history of Canadian academe. The breadth of those providing testament to, and insight into, his presence, personally and professionally, ...

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Bio-bibliographie de Gilles Paquet

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pp. 373-376

Né à Québec le 19 juillet 1936, Gilles Paquet a obtenu un B.A. et un B.Phil. de l’Université Laval en 1956, un B.Sc. économie de l’Université Laval en 1958 et un M.A. de l’Université Laval en 1960. Il a poursuivi ses études supérieures en sciences économiques à l’Université Queen’s de 1960 à 1962 et des études postdoctorales en sciences économiques à l’Université de Californie. ...


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pp. 377-383

E-ISBN-13: 9780776618708
E-ISBN-10: 0776618709
Print-ISBN-13: 9780776606927
Print-ISBN-10: 0776606921

Page Count: 402
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: Governance Series