The Public Servant's Guide to Government in Canada
The Public Servant’s Guide to Government in Canada is a concise primer on the inner workings of government in Canada. This go-to resource is a useful reference guide for students and scholars, for new and lower-ranking public servants, or for anyone who wants to know more about how government really works. Grounded in experience, the book connects building blocks in political science and public administration to the real-world practice of government in Canada.
Topics range from core concepts and theories to the messy realities of governing, the art of diplomacy, and tips for climbing the career ladder. The writing is accessible and concise, employing infographics, tables, and other helpful means of summarizing the traditionally complex concepts at play in Canadian politics.
- Division: Higher Education
- World Rights
- Page Count: 128 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
"If you buy only one book as a recent grad or new public servant with the limited funds that come from student debt and contract positions, you should buy this one. I wish that I had this guide when I was starting out."
Alana Del Greco, IPAC Toronto Board Member
"There is an unmistakable need for a book to guide public servants, aspiring public servants and students of government at a time when public sector institutions are being challenged on all fronts. Marland and Wesley have answered the call with a well-written and comprehensively documented contribution to the literature.
Donald J. Savoie, Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance, Université de Moncton
"The Public Servant’s Guide to Government in Canada links key ideas, institutions, and actors in public administration with what these mean for public servants who want to better understand the government(s) they serve. The authors bring concepts and practices alive with advice on how neutral, non-partisan, and loyal public servants (including those who want to become public servants) can navigate and contribute to an increasingly complex and political system of government."
Andrea Rounce, University of Manitoba
"Marland and Wesley have done a wonderful job of capturing and sharing the basic elements and essence of what it takes to succeed in a career with the Canadian public service. The authors have sprinkled their guidance with sufficient history and background stories to make this read not only informative but interesting as well. I’m confident that the Public Servant’s Guide will become a companion document for many working in Canada’s public sector, regardless of their level or location."
Dr. Robert P. Taylor, CEO, Institute of Public Administration of Canada
Author InformationAlex Marland is Professor of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Jared J. Wesley is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta.
Table of contents
List of Figures and Tables
Purpose of The Public Servant’s Guide to Government in Canada
1 REVIEW OF CORE CONCEPTS
What Is a Public Servant?
Core Principles of Canadian Government
The Division of Power
The Main Institutions of Government
2 THE PUBLIC SECTOR BARGAIN
Government as an Organization
Threats to the Public Service Bargain
Guiding Principles for Public Servants
3 THE POLITICS OF PUBLIC POLICY
What Is Public Policy?
The Public Policy Cycle
Public Policy Lenses
4 THE POLITICS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Centralization of Power
Public Administration Is Political
The Merit Principle
The Structure and Machinery of Government
5 THE ART OF NAVIGATING LIFE IN GOVERNMENT
Knowledge of Power
Ethics of Public Service
6 ROLES AND COMPETENCIES OF A PUBLIC SERVANT
Roles and Occupations in the Public Service
Relational and Experiential Learning
7 ACHIEVING YOUR CAREER GOALS
Finding Purpose in a Public Service Career
Finding Balance in a Public Service Career
Finding Community in a Public Service Career
Glossary of Terms
About the Authors
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