Understanding Canadian Public Administration

An Introduction to Theory and Practice

Author: Gregory J. Inwood

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780135119976

Category: Canada

Page: 432

View: 9775

Understanding Canadian Public Administration offers excellent coverage of all the important and significant areas of public administration. While still providing a background of the theory and practice of public administration in Canada, the new fourth edition has been updated to reflect political changes in recent years. New topics-such as the financial crisis, the proroguing crisis of 2008/2009, Aboriginal Self-Government, and the Public Service Renewal Action Plan-have been added. Content on departmental organizations, agents of Parliament, political staff, and Human Resources Management have also been updated. In discussing these new topics, as well as information from the previous edition, Understanding Canadian Public Administration remains an easily accessible introductory text that is neither encyclopaedic nor esoteric. It provides you with an overview of essential theoretical issues in the field and then uses that theoretical grounding to examine the actual practice of public administration. The text compares the roles of the private and public sectors and examines the impact that the latter has had on the former. From a practical approach, it analyzes how public policy is actually set within the context of a federal state.

Understanding Canadian Public Administration

Author: Gregory J. Inwood

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780132068383

Category: Canada

Page: 464

View: 2165

Understanding Canadian Public Administrationexamines the theoretical issues forming the field of public administration, as well as the practice of public administration in Canada, so that students develop the ability to make connections between theory and real-life cases and experiences. The new edition has been updated to include the latest government developments and studies, including coverage of the 2007 Auditor General's Report, the Federal Accountability Act (FAA), and other steps being taken to reform the public service, including the Code of Conduct for Public Servants, training initiatives, and the emerging "ethics bureaucracy". As well, a new Chapter 13 (A Canadian Public Administration) explores whether there is a unique Canadian approach to public administration.

Understanding Canadian Public Administration

An Introduction to Theory and Practice

Author: Gregory J. Inwood

Publisher: Prentice Hall Canada

ISBN: 9780130081537

Category: Canada

Page: 465

View: 3749

This text is appropriate for undergraduate university and college students in political science and public administration courses. This text examines not only the theoretical issues forming the field of public administration, but also the actual practice of public administration in Canada, so that students develop the ability to make connections between the theory and real-life cases and experiences.

Thinking Government

Public Administration and Politics in Canada, Fourth Edition

Author: David Johnson

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442635215

Category: Political Science

Page: 448

View: 364

"Thinking Government: Public Administration and Politics in Canada, fourth edition, is a comprehensive introduction to public administration and public sector management. This book places Canadian government and public administration within its political context and covers such important topics as the institutions of the federal government, financial and human resources management, and accountability and responsibility. Fully updated throughout, Thinking Government, fourth edition, is perfect for Canadian public administration courses."--

The Evolving Physiology of Government

Canadian Public Administration in Transition

Author: O. P. Dwivedi,Tim A. Mau,Byron M. Sheldrick

Publisher: University of Ottawa Press

ISBN: 0776618172

Category: Political Science

Page: 450

View: 2488

Canadian public administration has provided a rich ground for examining the changing nature of the state. Currents of political change have rippled through the administration of the public sector, often producing significant alterations in our understanding of how best to organize and administer public services. This volume brings together some of the leading Canadian and international scholars of public administration to reflect on these changes and their significance. Providing a historical perspective on public administration in Canada, the volume examines the shift from a traditional model of administration to newer forms such as new public management and governance, and explores current debates and the place of Canadian public administration within a broader comparative perspective.

Governing from the Centre

The Concentration of Power in Canadian Politics

Author: Donald J. Savoie

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802082527

Category: Political Science

Page: 440

View: 8110

Agencies and policies instituted to streamline Ottawa's planning process instead concentrate power in the hands of the Prime Minister, more powerful in Canadian politics than the U.S. President in America. Riveting, startling, and indispensable reading.

Policy Analysis in Canada

Author: Laurent Dobuzinskis,Michael Howlett,David Laycock

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442690771

Category: Political Science

Page: 592

View: 3078

The growth of what some academics refer to as 'the policy analysis movement' represents an effort to reform certain aspects of government behaviour. The policy analysis movement is the result of efforts made by actors inside and outside formal political decision-making processes to improve policy outcomes by applying systematic evaluative rationality to the development and implementation of policy options. This volume offers a comprehensive overview of the many ways in which the policy analysis movement has been conducted, and to what effect, in Canadian governments and, for the first time, in business associations, labour unions, universities, and other non-governmental organizations. Editors Laurent Dobuzinskis, Michael Howlett, and David Laycock have brought together a wide range of contributors to address questions such as: What do policy analysts do? What techniques and approaches do they use? What is their influence on policy-making in Canada? Is there a policy analysis deficit? What norms and values guide the work done by policy analysts working in different institutional settings? Contributors focus on the sociology of policy analysis, demonstrating how analysts working in different organizations tend to have different interests and to utilize different techniques. They compare and analyze the significance of these different styles and approaches, and speculate about their impact on the policy process.

Continentalizing Canada

The Politics and Legacy of the MacDonald Royal Commission

Author: Gregory J. Inwood

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802087294

Category: Political Science

Page: 471

View: 4887

Free trade has been a highly contentious issue since the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney negotiated the first deal with the United States in the 1980s. Tracing the roots of Canada's contemporary involvement in North American free trade back to the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada in 1985 - also known as the Macdonald Commission - Gregory J. Inwood offers a critical examination of the commission and how its findings affected Canada's political and economic landscape, including its present-day reverberations. Using original research - including content analysis, interviews, archival information, and surveys of relevant literature - Inwood argues that the Macdonald Commission created an atmosphere and political discourse that made the continentalization of Canada possible by way of free trade agreements with the U.S. and Mexico. Through the use of a suspect research program, and with the aid of a select oligarchy within the Commission and the government bureaucracy, opposition to continentalism from both the majority of the Canadian population and even several commissioners was ignored. Accessible to readers interested in Canadian politics, policy, or economy, Continentalizing Canada offers a thorough examination into the Macdonald Commission and the resulting discourse in the Canadian political economy.

Beyond Policy Analysis

Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times

Author: Leslie Alexander Pal

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780176507879

Category: Policy sciences

Page: 448

View: 7409

Authoritative and intrepid, Beyond Policy Analysis examines public policymaking in Canada with an eye to what lies beyond conventional categories and concepts. Author Leslie A. Pal explores the extent to which the world of policymaking has reacted to the increasing pressures of globalization, information technology, changing public values and cultural assumptions, citizen distrust, and decentralization and subsidiarity. His fifth edition keeps up with the hectic pace of ever-evolving governance and includes updated examples and statistical information, a greater balance between Canadian and international policy in Chapter 2, and the inclusion of a new chapter on political communication (Ch.9).

Backrooms and Beyond

Partisan Advisers and the Politics of Policy Work in Canada

Author: Jonathan Craft

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442626356

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 8997

Backrooms and Beyond draws on interviews with ministers, senior public servants, and political advisers to offer the first detailed Canadian treatment of how that influence is gained and exercised in the policy making process.

Developing Public Policy

A Practical Guide

Author: Bobby Siu

Publisher: Canadian Scholars’ Press

ISBN: 1551305496

Category: Political planning

Page: 284

View: 1504

This manual for developing public policy in Canada explores the factors and dimensions involved in recognizing and resolving public problems. Siu puts forward six principles for developing good public policy and identifies the various approaches used to determine issues, conduct research, formulate policy options and recommendations, and derive intelligent decisions. Throughout the book, he provides a detailed outline of how an abstract policy idea is transformed into a public policy. With its presentation of vital strategies, tactics, guidelines, and checklists for public policy developers working in the Canadian federal or provincial government, Developing Public Policy will equip readers with the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to successfully work in the field of public policy development. This book is divided into two major sections: the first part offers an overview of the framework for developing public policies, while the second provides hands-on exercises detailing how to prepare and format policy documents. A clear and informed handbook grounded in the concrete experience of a former civil servant, Developing Public Policy is a go-to guide for both students and newcomers to the field who are interested in advocating for change within a government bureaucracy. Features: includes thirty-nine tables and figures, critical thinking questions, concise lists, a comprehensive index, and an extensive glossary outlines six principles for effective public policy contains instructions on how to create concrete policy development tools, including cabinet submissions, briefing notes, public consultation papers, and management board submissions

The Politics of Public Management

The HRDC Audit of Grants and Contributions

Author: David A. Good,Institute of Public Administration of Canada

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802085870

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 9118

David Good's The Politics of Public Management is a 'textbook case' in public administration; it deals with the events and circumstances surrounding the scandal of the grants and contributions audit at Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC). More specifically, Good argues that the HRDC scandal or crisis was the result of a complex series of factors, which transformed a fixable administrative matter into media headlines alleging that the government had lost one billion dollars. The author further contextualizes this scandal by analyzing the dichotomies and contradictions inherent in public administration and supporting the larger premise that certain trade-offs must be made in the administration of any public organization. Good skillfully weaves together into a coherent and comprehensible whole both theoretical (or conceptual) and practical considerations. He draws on current scholarship throughout his analysis and captures for the reader the nuances and complexities of public administration. The first and only extensive critical examination to date of the events surrounding the scandal at HRDC, this text offers an original and groundbreaking contribution to current scholarship on public administration and management in Canada.

Health Care in Canada

A Citizen's Guide to Policy and Politics

Author: Katherine Fierlbeck

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442609834

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 382

View: 1044

Health Care in Canada examines the challenges faced by the Canadian health care system, a subject of much public debate. In this book Katherine Fierlbeck provides an in-depth discussion of how health care decisions are shaped by politics and why there is so much disagreement over how to fix the system. Many Canadians point to health care as a source of national pride; others are highly critical of the system's shortcomings and call for major reform. Yet meaningful debate cannot occur without an understanding of how the system actually operates. In this overview, Fierlbeck outlines the basic framework of the health care system with reference to specific areas such as administration and governance, public health, human resources, drugs and drug policy, and mental health. She also discusses alternative models in other countries such as Britain, the United States, and France. As health care becomes increasingly complex, it is crucial that Canadians have a solid grasp of the main issues within both the policy and political environments. With its balanced and accessible assessment of the main political and theoretical debates, Health Care in Canada is an essential guide for anyone with a stake in Canada's health system.

Nordic Administrative Reforms

Lessons for Public Management

Author: Carsten Greve,Per Lægreid,Lise H. Rykkja

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113756363X

Category: Law

Page: 236

View: 8594

This book is based on a unique data set and assesses in comparative terms the public management reforms in the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Based on the assessments of administrative executives, the book compares the Nordic countries with the Anglo-Saxon, the Germanic, the Napoleonic and the East European group of countries. The book addresses the following questions: What reform trends are relevant in the public administrations of the Nordic countries? What institutional features characterize the state authorities in these countries? What characterizes the role identity, self-understanding, dominant values, and motivation of administrative executive in the Nordic countries? What characterizes reform processes, trends and content, what is the relevance of different types of management instruments, and what are their perceived effects and the perceived performance of the public administration? The book also examines how the different Nordic countries dealt with the financial crisis of 2008, and how the differences and similarities in their approaches can be explained.

Public Policy in Canada

An Introduction

Author: Lydia Miljan,Stephen Brooks

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780199025541

Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Page: 384

View: 3038

This seventh edition continues to successfully navigate and examine the changing landscape of public policy in Canada, bringing students the latest developments and in-depth discussions on highly debated topics. The text guides students through fundamental concepts, theories, and approaches topublic policy before taking a deeper look into six principal fields: macroeconomics, social programs, health care, the family, Indigenous peoples, and the environment.

Off and Running

The Prospects and Pitfalls of Government Transitions in Canada

Author: David Zussman

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442667273

Category: Political Science

Page: 328

View: 409

One of the most pivotal events in the electoral cycle is the transition of a newly elected political party from opposition to government. The incoming prime minister or premier must assemble a team of ministers, advisors, and staff that is competent and ready to govern, without disrupting the day-to-day functioning of their country or province. Off and Running sets the stage for successful transitions by describing the best practices from Canadian federal government transitions from 1984 to the present day. It draws on a number of sources: the author’s own career in public affairs, including his significant role in the transitions of both Chrétien governments in 1993 and 1997; extensive interviews with more than forty key individuals in the last eleven federal government transitions; and the international literature on government transitions, public administration, and management. Zussman goes step-by-step through the transition process from the pre-election stage to transition planning all the way to implementation and consolidation of the new government. This book is ideally suited to those seeking an understanding of how government works during one of the most crucial points in its life cycle.