Deputy Ministers in Canada: Comparative and Jurisdicational Perspectives

Edited by Jacques Bourgault and Christopher Dunn

© 2014

Collectively, provincial deputy ministers command the largest assembly of government budgets, employees, and influence in Canada, but despite their importance, they have not been the subject of systematic study until now. This unique volume, which deals with a uniquely significant topic, reviews the role of deputy ministers within government, providing a major new understanding of their responsibilities and interactions at both the federal and provincial levels.  It also contributes important comparative analysis not previously available.

Featuring contributions by many of Canada’s most prominent scholars of public administration, Deputy Ministers in Canada examines a number of factors in the evolution of deputies’ roles. Taking into account social, political, and administrative history, the essays probe topics such as the socio-economic characteristics of administrative elites, the politicization of recruitment processes, the impact of New Public Management, and varieties of ministerial-bureaucratic relations. Together, the essays in Deputy Ministers in Canada make an important contribution to the political science and public administration literature.

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This unique volume, which deals with a uniquely significant topic, reviews the role of deputy ministers within government, providing a major new understanding of their responsibilities and interactions at both the federal and provincial levels. 

Deputy Ministers in Canada: Comparative and Jurisdicational Perspectives

Edited by Jacques Bourgault and Christopher Dunn

© 2014

Collectively, provincial deputy ministers command the largest assembly of government budgets, employees, and influence in Canada, but despite their importance, they have not been the subject of systematic study until now. This unique volume, which deals with a uniquely significant topic, reviews the role of deputy ministers within government, providing a major new understanding of their responsibilities and interactions at both the federal and provincial levels.  It also contributes important comparative analysis not previously available.

Featuring contributions by many of Canada’s most prominent scholars of public administration, Deputy Ministers in Canada examines a number of factors in the evolution of deputies’ roles. Taking into account social, political, and administrative history, the essays probe topics such as the socio-economic characteristics of administrative elites, the politicization of recruitment processes, the impact of New Public Management, and varieties of ministerial-bureaucratic relations. Together, the essays in Deputy Ministers in Canada make an important contribution to the political science and public administration literature.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.2in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘An excellent reference…. This book contains an accurate and fascinating discussion of the deputy minister’s role and experience.’


    Mark Cleveland
    IPAC Magazine (NWT Group); January 2015

    “There is nothing as complete and systematic about the role of deputy ministers in Canada.”


    David Siegel, Department of Political Science, Brock University

    “There is not enough attention given to provincial politics, especially comparative, and Deputy Ministers in Canada helps to fill that gap. This book will be of use to students of public administration, public policy, and political science, and to those who occupy senior positions in the civil service across Canada.”


    Kim Speers, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria
  • Author Information

    Jacques Bourgault is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. He is the recipient of the 2012 IPAC Vanier Medal, awarded for an outstanding contribution to public administration or public service in Canada.


    Christopher Dunn is Professor of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    Jacques Bourgault (Université du Québec à Montréal, Political Science) and Christopher Dunn (Memorial University, Political Science)

    1. Deputy Ministers in Newfoundland and Labrador
    Christopher Dunn (Memorial University, Political Science)

    2. Deputy Ministers in Nova Scotia
    Michelle Coffin (Dalhousie University, Political Science) and Lori Turnbull (Dalhousie University, Political Science)

    3. Deputy Ministers in Prince Edward Island: Professionalism, Policy-Making and Patronage
    Peter McKenna (University of Prince Edward Island, Political Science)

    4. Deputy Ministers in New Brunswick
    Gilles Bouchard (Université de Moncton, Political Science)

    5. Quebec Deputy Ministers: Recent Trends
    Jacques Bourgault (Université du Québec à Montréal, Political Science) and Stéphanie Viola-Plante (Université du Québec à Montréal, Political Science)

    6. From “Gurus” to Chief Executives? The Contestable Transformation of Ontario’s Deputy Ministers, 1971 to 2007
    Bryan M. Evans (Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration), Janet M. Lum (Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration, Associate Dean of Arts, Research and Graduate Studies) and Duncan MacLellan (Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration)

    7.  More than Nobodies, But Not the Powers behind the Throne: The Role of Deputy Ministers in Manitoba
    Rebecca Jensen (University of Manitoba, Public Administration) and Paul G. Thomas (University of Manitoba, Political Science)

    8. Saskatchewan’s Deputy Ministers: Political Executives or Public Servants?
    Ken Rasmussen (University of Regina, Administration)

    9. Alberta Deputy Ministers: The Management of Change
    Alan Tupper (University of British Columbia, Political Science)

    10. Government Transitions, Leadership Succession, and Executive Turnover in British Columbia, 1996-2006
    Evert Lindquist (University of Victoria, Public Administration) and Thea Vakil (University of Victoria, Public Administration)

    11. Comparative Analysis of Stability and Mobility of the Canadian Provincial Bureaucratic Elite 1987-2007
    Gerald Bierling (McMaster University, Political Science), Barbara Wake Carroll (McMaster University, Political Science) and Michael Whyte Kpessa (McMaster University, Political Science)

    12. A Canada-wide Survey of Deputy and Assistant Deputy Ministers: A Descriptive Analysis
    Bryan Evans (Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration), Janet Lum (Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration, Associate Dean of Arts, Research and Graduate Studies), and John Shields (Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration)

    13. Federal Deputy Ministers: Status, Profile, Role
    Jacques Bourgault (Université du Québec à Montréal, Political Science)

    14. Public Sector Executive Compensation in a Time of Restraint
    David Zussman (University of Ottawa, Public and International Affairs)

    Conclusion
    Jacques Bourgault (Université du Québec à Montréal, Political Science) and Christopher Dunn (Memorial University, Political Science)

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