A Teaching Topic in Democratic Institutions and Policy Process
The Architecture of the Canadian State
This topic deals with the institutions, offices and structures that comprise government in Canada, and the relationship between them. It discusses the specific roles and responsibilities of particular organizations and officials including central agencies, line departments, the PMO and other ministers. This topic helps students understand how how the Canadian state exercises power within the constitution, and the proper functioning of the institutions of the state within the conventions and practices of Canadian parliamentary government.
Recommended Reading (University of Toronto PPG-1000)
Aucoin, Peter, Jennifer Smith and Geoff Dinsdale. 2004. Responsible Government: Clarifying Essentials, Dispelling Myths and Exploring Change. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Management Development.
Phillips, Susan D. 2006. “The Intersection of Governance and Citizenship in Canada: Not Quite the Third Way.” IRPP Policy Matters 7(4).
Savoie, Donald. 2002. “Primus: There is No Longer any Inter or Pares.” and Barker, Paul. “Limits on the Power of the Prime Minister.” In Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues, ed. Mark Charlton and Paul Barker, 186-220. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.
Smith, Jennifer. 2009. “The Grass is Always Greener: Prime Ministerial vs. Presidential Government.” In Canada and the United States: Differences that Count, ed. David M. Thomas, 229-247. Peterborough: Broadview Press.
Source: PPG-1000 Syllabus, 2012.
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