What Is Government Good At?

What Is Government Good At?

A Canadian Answer

eBook - 2015
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Recent decades have shown the public's support for government plummet alongside political leaders' credibility. This downward spiral calls for an exploration of what has gone wrong. The questions, "What is government good at?" and "What is government not good at?" are critical ones - and their answers should be the basis for good public policy and public administration. In What Is Government Good At?, Donald Savoie argues that politicians and public servants are good at generating and avoiding blame, playing to a segment of the population to win the next election, embracing and defending the status quo, adding management layers and staff, keeping ministers out of trouble, responding to demands from the prime minister and his office, and managing a complex, prime minister-centred organization. Conversely, they are not as good at defining the broader public interest, providing and recognizing evidence-based policy advice, managing human and financial resources with efficiency and...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780773597945
9780773597952
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Aug 03, 2016

Poorly written, repetitive, full of trite and flippant comments, and undocumented common sense ideas, but little in the way of scholarly research. Disappointing. If this is the best that our senior scholar can do, no wonder our government is in such trouble.

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