The Public Servant's Guide to Government in Canada

By Alex Marland and Jared J. Wesley

© 2019

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.

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  • Page Count: 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
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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.

The Public Servant's Guide to Government in Canada

By Alex Marland and Jared J. Wesley

© 2019

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "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 Information

    Alex 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
    Acknowledgements
    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
    Chapter Takeaways

    2 THE PUBLIC SECTOR BARGAIN
    Government as an Organization
    Threats to the Public Service Bargain
    Guiding Principles for Public Servants
    Chapter Takeaways

    3 THE POLITICS OF PUBLIC POLICY
    What Is Public Policy?
    The Public Policy Cycle
    Public Policy Lenses
    Chapter Takeaways

    4 THE POLITICS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
    Accountability
    Centralization of Power
    Public Administration Is Political
    The Merit Principle
    The Structure and Machinery of Government
    Chapter Takeaways

    5 THE ART OF NAVIGATING LIFE IN GOVERNMENT
    Political Acumen
    Knowledge of Power
    Situational Awareness
    Soft Skills
    Ethics of Public Service
    Chapter Takeaways

    6 ROLES AND COMPETENCIES OF A PUBLIC SERVANT
    Roles and Occupations in the Public Service
    Building Competencies
    Relational and Experiential Learning
    Chapter Takeaways

    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
    Chapter Takeaways

    Glossary of Terms
    References
    About the Authors
    Index

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