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The Black Hole of Public Administration : Governance (University of Ottawa Press Numbered) - Ruth Hubbard

The Black Hole of Public Administration

Governance (University of Ottawa Press Numbered)

Paperback Published: 21st August 2010
ISBN: 9780776607429
Number Of Pages: 519

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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.

Preface Public Administration In Distressp. ix
Introduction From 'Big G' Government To 'small G' Governancep. 1
The Dynamics of the Broader Context
The Clerk as Révélateurp. 20
Toward an Autopoietic Federalismp. 65
Pathologies of Governance Illustrated
Forty-Four Forums on Some Twenty-Four Wicked Problemsp. 110
Quantophreniap. 200
Disloyaltyp. 218
The Neurotic Statep. 253
Fiscal Imbalance as Governance Failurep. 277
Repairs in Many Dimensions
Alternative Service Delivery: The Thin Edge of the Wedgep. 307
P3 and ôThe Porcupine Problemöp. 331
The Myth of the Public Service as a Lump of Labourp. 353
Design Challenges for the Strategic State: Bricolage and Sabotagep. 382
Ombuds as Producers of Governancep. 418
Conclusion Governance and Beyondp. 442
Postface The Sabotage of Harmsp. 452
Acknowledgementsp. 465
Bibliographyp. 458
Indexp. 500
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ISBN: 9780776607429
ISBN-10: 0776607421
Series: Governance (University of Ottawa Press Numbered)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 519
Published: 21st August 2010
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.84

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