Understanding Canadian Public Administration (4th Edition)

9780135119976: Understanding Canadian Public Administration (4th Edition)
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Understanding Canadian Public Administration offers excellent coverage of all the important and significant areas of public administration.


While still providing a background of the theory and practice of public administration in Canada, the new fourth edition has been updated to reflect political changes in recent years. New topics-such as the financial crisis, the proroguing crisis of 2008/2009, Aboriginal Self-Government, and the Public Service Renewal Action Plan-have been added. Content on departmental organizations, agents of Parliament, political staff, and Human Resources Management have also been updated.

            In discussing these new topics, as well as information from the previous edition, Understanding Canadian Public Administration remains an easily accessible introductory text that is neither encyclopaedic nor esoteric. It provides you with an overview of essential theoretical issues in the field and then uses that theoretical grounding to examine the actual practice of public administration. The text compares the roles of the private and public sectors and examines the impact that the latter has had on the former. From a practical approach, it analyzes how public policy is actually set within the context of a federal state.

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Praised for its excellent coverage of the subject, Understanding Canadian Public Administration offers students a clear, concise and current introduction to the basic elements of public administration. It provides an overview of the essential theoretical issues in the field and an examination of the actual practice of public administration, from its historical context to the contemporary reality of rapid change and economic uncertainties.


Neither scholarly nor simplistic, this text invites students to examine the issues from their own viewpoints and experiences by posing questions about day-to-day events that illustrate how public administration affects them.


If you’re wondering why you should buy this new edition of Understanding Canadian Public Administration, here are 5 good reasons!


  1. New discussion on the financial crisis of 2008.
  2. New section on Aboriginal self-government.
  3. Significant revisions to discussion of Human Resource Management, including increased discussion of minority representation in the public service (i.e. Aboriginal, women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities).
  4. New discussion of Public Service Renewal Action Plan and the Constitutional Crisis of 2008/2009 (i.e., the proroguing controversy).
  5. New discussion on the public’s trust in government.

About the Author:

Gregory Inwood is a Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University. His research interests include Canadian federalism, the Canadian political economy, public administration, and trade policy. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Parliamentary and Political Law, a past Member of the Board of the Canadian Political Science Association, and a past Director of the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme.

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Inwood, Gregory J.
Published by Pearson Education Canada (2011)
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