A Teaching Topic in Democratic Institutions and Policy Process
Machinery of Government
This topic examines 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 such as central agencies, line departments and government ministers. This topic helps students understand how Westminster parliamentary governments work, how the 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.