Understanding Canadian Public Administration by Gregory J. InwoodUnderstanding Canadian Public Administration by Gregory J. Inwood

Understanding Canadian Public Administration

byGregory J. Inwood

Paperback | February 1, 2011

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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.

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...
Title:Understanding Canadian Public AdministrationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 1 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0135119979

ISBN - 13:9780135119976

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Table of Contents



  1. Introduction: The Nature of Public Administration
  2. Public Administration and Democracy
  3. Theories of Organization
  4. Organization Theory and Canadian Public Administration
  5. Public Administration and Institutions: The Real World of Organizations and the Machinery of Government
  6. Public Administration, the Constitution, and Law
  7. Public Administration and Public Policy
  8. Public Administration and the Management of Human Resources
  9. Public Administration, Management Reform, and Financial Management
  10. Public Administration and Ethics
  11. Public Administration and Accountability




Editorial Reviews

“[this text] provides a thorough yet succinct survey of the principal theories, approaches and concepts of public administration and, in turn, their particular manifestation within the Canadian context, while remaining suitable for introductory audiences. In so doing, it offers the reader an excellent survey both of the general theories/components of public administration and of the manner in which they are used in Canada.” --Shaun P. Young, York University   “Inwood's text offers excellent coverage of all the important and significant areas of public administration that students must be exposed to through an introductory level type of course.” --Donald J. Naulls, Saint Mary’s University   “Inwood’s text is straight forward, current and suitable for the level of students I usually teach” --Darryl C. Eisan, Dalhousie University   “In my view the author’s style is clear, examples are well-chosen, and the explanations are clear.” --Ross Gibbons, University of Western Ontario