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PADM 5115: Introduction to State and Society
PADM 5116: Policy Analysis and Contemporary Governance
PADM 5117: Public Sector Management and the Canadian Political System
PADM 5211: Canadian Intergovernmental Relations
PADM 5212: Public Policy and Civil Society - Options and Issues in Financing the Third Sector
PADM 5213: Gender and Public Policy
PADM 5214 Budgetary Policy in the Public Sector
PADM 5215 Benefit-Cost Analysis
PADM 5220 Regulation and Public Policy
PADM 5221: Health Policy in Canada
PADM 5223: Economic Policy in Canada
PADM 5224 Aboriginal Policy - The North
PADM 5225: Trade Policy
PADM 5229: The Health of Populations
PADM 5272: Risk Assessment and Management
PADM 5411 Organization Theory
PADM 5412 Ethics and Accountability in the Public Sector
PADM 5415 Strategic Management in the Public Sector
PADM 5416: Budget Management for the Public Sector
PADM 5417 Principles of Finance
PADM 5418 Human Resource Management
PADM 5420: Policy & Program Evaluation
PADM 5421: Globalizing Public Management - Measuring and Monitoring Governance
PADM 5422 Urban and Local Government Management
PADM 5423: Third Sector Governance and Management
PADM 5472: Managing Policy and Process in a Federal Government Policy Organization
PADM 5472: Technology and Public Administratin
PADM 5472: The Politics of Management: Thinking like a Manager
PADM 5510: Energy Economics
PADM 5515: Sustainable Energy Policy
PADM 5614: Natural Resource Management
PADM 5615: Policy and Politics of Energy in Canada
PADM 5618: Environmental and Ecological Economics
PADM 5672: Innovation Policy
PADM 5813 The Evolution of World Bank/IMF Policy
PADM 5814 Program and Project Management
PADM 5815: Civil Society Organizations and Development
PADM 5816 Program Evaluation in Developing Countries
PADM 5818 Theories of Development


Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration

PADM 5117: Public Management


This course is intended to:

  • Provide an understanding of the theories, values and principles of public sector management and a critical assessment of how these are implemented in practice in a parliamentary system;
  • Critically discuss contemporary Canadian and international research on public management and administration;
  • Examine how the philosophies of public sector management have evolved over time and assess the impact of institutional and managerial reforms in a Canadian and comparative context; and
  • Create an awareness of current key issues and challenges of public administration, and facilitate discussion of how these might be addressed.
  • The main focus is on public management in the Canadian context with specific reference to the Government of Canada. The course also draws on international research and examples from other jurisdictions including provincial and municipal governments.

Many course readings are excerpts from the following two sources:

 Savoie, Donald J., Court Government and the Collapse of Accountability: in Canada and the United Kingdom (Toronto: UofT Press, 2008).

 Leone, Roberto and Frank Ohemeng. Approaching Public Administration: Core Debates and Emerging Issues (Toronto: Edmond-Montgomery, 2011).

Faculty: Rob Sheppard, Fall 202

Source: At (accessed 4 April 2013)


Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Management Subject

 Democratic Institutions and the Policy Process

  Managing Government: The New Public Management
  Political and Administrative Responsibilities
  Public Institutions, Organizing Principles and Democratic Control

 Strategy and Structure for Public Management

  Managing Government: The Shift To Public Governance
  Managing Partnerships: Multi-Party Arrangements
  Managing Risk: The “New” Way Forward in Managing?

 Ethics and Accountability

  Managing Leaders: Ethics in Governing

 Human Resources Management

  Managing People: Performance, Recruitment, Renewal

Commentary by the Atlas Editors:

Page created by: Ben Eisen and Matthew Seddon, last updated 24 April 2013. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.




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