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Defending a Contested Ideal
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In 1908, after decades of struggling with a public administration undermined by systemic patronage, the Canadian parliament decided that public servants would be selected on the basis of merit, through a system administered by an independent agency: the Public Service Commission of Canada. This history, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Commission, recounts its unique contribution to the development of an independent public service, which has become a pillar of Canadian parliamentary democracy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Democratic Government, Merit and the Public Service Commission of Canada
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. Chapter 1 The Origins of the Public Service Commission: 1867–1918
  2. pp. 18-47
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  1. Chapter 2 Creating a Merit System: 1918–1944
  2. pp. 48-73
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  1. Chapter 3 Rethinking the CSC: Gordon, Heeney and Glassco: 1945–1967
  2. pp. 74-96
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  1. Chapter 4 The Management Assault on the Public Service Commission: 1967–1979
  2. pp. 97-123
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  1. Chapter 5 Struggling to Defend Political Neutrality: 1979–2006
  2. pp. 124-151
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  1. Chapter 6 The PSC as a Cautious Reformer: Staffing Reforms during the Mulroney Years: 1984–1993
  2. pp. 152-183
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  1. Chapter 7 Merit as the Essential Mandate: Repositioning the PSC: 1993–2008
  2. pp. 184-224
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 225-237
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 238-248
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