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Public administration in Canada needs to change. A handful of scholars across Canada have been sounding the alarm for years but to no avail. Talented young bureaucrats have been joining the public service with fresh ideas capable of creating real change, but the black hole consumes all.

In The Black Hole of Public Administration, experienced public servant Ruth Hubbard and public administration iconoclast Gilles Paquet sound a wake-up call to the federal public service. They lament the lack of “serious play” going on in Canada’s public administration today and map some possible escape plans. They look to a more participatory governance model – “open source” governing or “small g” governance – as a way to liberate our public service from antiquated styles and systems of governing.

In their recognizably rebellious style, Hubbard and Paquet demand that public administration scholars and senior level bureaucrats pull their heads out of the sand and confront the problems of the current system and develop a new system that can address the needs of Canada today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. TABLE OF CONTENTS
  2. p. v
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  1. PREFACE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN DISTRESS
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. INTRODUCTION FROM ‘BIG G’ GOVERNMENT TO ‘SMALL G’ GOVERNANCE
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. PART I THE DYNAMICS OF THE BROADER CONTEXT
  2. pp. 17-19
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  1. Chapter 1 The Clerk as R
  2. pp. 20-64
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  1. Chapter 2 Toward an Autopoietic Federalism
  2. pp. 65-106
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  1. PART II PATHOLOGIES OF GOVERNANCE ILLUSTRATED
  2. pp. 107-109
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  1. Chapter 3 Forty-Four Forums on Some Twenty-Four Wicked Problems
  2. pp. 110-199
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  1. Chapter 4 Quantophrenia
  2. pp. 200-217
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  1. Chapter 5 Disloyalty
  2. pp. 218-252
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  1. Chapter 6 The Neurotic State
  2. pp. 253-276
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  1. Chapter 7 Fiscal Imbalance as Governance Failure
  2. pp. 277-302
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  1. PART III REPAIRS IN MANY DIMENSIONS
  2. pp. 303-306
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  1. Chapter 8 Alternative Service Delivery: The Thin Edge of the Wedge
  2. pp. 307-330
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  1. Chapter 9 P3 and “The Porcupine Problem”
  2. pp. 331-352
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  1. Chapter 10 The Myth of the Public Service as a Lump of Labour
  2. pp. 353-381
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  1. Chapter 11 Design Challenges for the Strategic State: Bricolage and Sabotage
  2. pp. 382-417
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  1. Chapter 12 Ombuds as Producers of Governance
  2. pp. 418-441
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  1. CONCLUSION GOVERNANCE AND BEYOND
  2. pp. 442-451
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  1. POSTFACE THE SABOTAGE OF HARMS
  2. pp. 452-464
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  2. pp. 465-467
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 468-499
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 500-519
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780776619187
Related ISBN
9780776607429
MARC Record
OCLC
781403676
Pages
544
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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