Thinking Government: Public Administration and Politics in Canada, Fifth Edition
Published: August 2022© 2022
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 448 Pages
Illustrations: 19 b&w figures, 28 b&w tables
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
448 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 19 b&w figures, 28 b&w tables
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Thinking Government examines the key roles and duties of the Canadian federal government and its public service, and the policy and program debates that revolve around these roles and duties.
The fifth edition of this textbook provides students with a core awareness of major issues shaping federal policies and programs – socio-economic policy options, French-English relations, regionalism and regional policy, Canadian-American relations, immigration, environmental policy, and Indigenous relations. This book takes a close look at how prime ministers and cabinet ministers interact and discusses issues in federal, financial, and human resources management, ethics and accountability, and leadership. The new edition is revised and updated throughout and addresses the 2021 federal election and the resulting Trudeau minority government as well as the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thinking Government helps its readers to be smart citizens and knowledgeable critics of what governments do well, what they could be doing better, and why they, at times, fail to deliver effective policies and programs.
1. Thinking about Canadian Society and Government
2. Ideologies of Government and Public Service
3. Institutions of Governance
4. Ministers and Cabinet Decision-Making Systems
5. Organizational Design and Management Decision Making
6. Financial Management
7. Human Resources Management
8. Issues in Management Reform
9. Accountability: Responsibility, Responsiveness, and Ethics
10. The Challenges of Leadership
"Thinking Government delivers on its opening promise to prepare Canadian citizens to be informed and critical about whether their government is acting responsibly and responsively. From the opening pages to the end, this fair and insightful analysis clears away the smoke and mirrors that cloud perceptions of how Canadian government functions, manages, and acts to reveal how our state should work to serve citizens best."Kathy L. Brock, Professor and Senior Fellow, School of Policy Studies and Department of Political Studies, Queen's University
"Spurred at the outset by examples of contemporary governance challenges, and leavened throughout by new cases of policy, management, and ethical issues for discussion, the latest edition of Thinking Government provides a wonderful, accessible introduction to the context and many critical domains of public administration in Canada."Evert Lindquist, Professor of Public Administration, University of Victoria, and Editor, Canadian Public Administration