Governing from the Centre: The Concentration Of Power In Canadian Politics by Donald SavoieGoverning from the Centre: The Concentration Of Power In Canadian Politics by Donald Savoie

Governing from the Centre: The Concentration Of Power In Canadian Politics

byDonald Savoie

Paperback | May 13, 1999

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Redefined during the past thirty years, the centre of government currently extends itself further than ever before. Central governmental agencies are 'where the rubber meets the road', where public service meets politics, and policy becomes reality. So who's driving this car? Agencies such as the Privy Council Office, the Finance Department, and the Treasury Board exert their influence horizontally, deciding how policy is made and how money gets spent According to Donald Savoie, these organizations, instituted to streamline Ottawa's planning processes, instead telescope power to the Prime Minister and weaken the influence of ministers, the traditional line departments, and even parliament, without contributing to more rational and coherent policy-making.

This is scholarship at its best: rigorous and riveting. The government operates as a combination of known procedures and the more elusive subtleties of human relationships and unspoken codes of behaviour. Donald Savoie's long-time involvement in government affairs allows him to read through the surface of the results of his extensive research-which included several interviews with elites-in order to expose all the levels of power at play. Indispensable reading for students of politics, public policy, and public administration, Ottawa watchers, journalists, lobbyists, and civil servants who want to know what is really going on.

Donald J. Savoie holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance at l'Université de Moncton.
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Title:Governing from the Centre: The Concentration Of Power In Canadian PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.99 × 6.02 × 1.22 inPublished:May 13, 1999Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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Donald J. Savoie uses interviews with elites, archival material and long-time involvement in government affairs to examine the concentration of power in Canadian politics. The author argues that the centre of the government currently extends itself further than ever before and the organizations designed to streamline Ottawa’s planning process give the prime minister increased power and weaken other parliamentary departments. Governing From the Centre stresses the importance of more rational and coherent policy making.

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Redefined during the past thirty years, the centre of government currently extends itself further than ever before. Central governmental agencies are 'where the rubber meets the road', where public service meets politics, and policy becomes reality. So who's driving this car? Agencies such as the Privy Council Office, the Finance Department, and the Treasury Board exert their influence horizontally, deciding how policy is made and how money gets spent According to Donald Savoie, these organizations, instituted to streamline Ottawa's planning processes, instead telescope power to the Prime Minister and weaken the influence of ministers, the traditional line departments, and even parliament, without contributing to more rational and coherent policy-making.This is scholarship at its best: rigorous and riveting. The government operates as a combination of known procedures and the more elusive subtleties of human relationships and unspoken codes of behaviour. Donald Savoie's long-time involvement in government affairs allows him to read through the surface of the results of his extensive research-which included several interviews with elites-in order to expose all the levels of power at play. Indispensable reading for students of politics, public policy, and public administration, Ottawa watchers, journalists, lobbyists, and civil servants who want to know what is really going on.'Donald Savoie has fundamentally challenged our understanding of the operations of central agencies and their impact on the exercise of power in Ottawa. He brings an original and disturbing new insight to our understanding of the balance of power in Ottawa. The author, one of Canada's preeminent scholars of public administration, has offered a new and original interpretation of how central agencies have accumulated power.' - Ken Rasmussen, Faculty of Administration, University of Regina