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Actors, Interests and Lobbying
Administration and Governance
Administrative Law and Constitutional Checks on the Executive
All-Powerful Leaders?: The Concentration of Power in Modern Executives
Bureaucracy and the Formulation of Public Policy
Canadian Intergovernmental Structures and Operating Processes
Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations of Third Sector Governance and Management
Courts, Judicial Review, Rights and Democracy
Emergence of the Nation State
Executive Authority, Cabinet and Leadership
Executive Leadership in Government
Executive-Legislative Relations
Federal-Provincial Fiscal Relations
Federal-Provincial-Municipal Relations
Game Theory and Rational Institutionalism
Indigenous Rights and Institutions
Institutional Architecture: Federalism
Institutional Designs and Paths
Machinery of Government
Media, Framing and Agenda Setting
New Public Management
Parliamentary, Presidential and Decentralized Unitary Systems
Political and Administrative Responsibilities
Political and Administrative Responsibilities
Political Parties and Elections
Probing the Accuracy of Rational Decision Making Models: Alternative Accounts
Public and Para-Public Institutions
Public Institutions, Organizing Principles and Democratic Control
Public Opinion, Ideas and Policy Frames
Representation and Accountability
Representation and Responsiveness
Representation, Accountability and Policy
The Architecture of the Canadian State
The Bureaucracy and Bureaucratic Behaviour
The Changing Role of the State
The Democratic Deficit: Ethics, Responsiveness and Performance
The International Context of Domestic Institutions
The Policy Cycle
The Political Context of Policy Making
Weber: Rationalization and Bureaucracy
Westminster Parliamentary Systems
Who are the Players in the Policy Process?


A Teaching Topic in Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

All-Powerful Leaders?: The Concentration of Power in Modern Executives

This teaching topic examines the evolution of executive power in the Canadian political system, and asks students to consider whether too much power is centralized in the office of the First Minister at the national and provincial levels. This teaching topic examines the forces that influence decision-making and the relationships between key actors at the apex of government.  

Recommended Reading (API 5116)

Thomas Poguntke and Paul Webb, eds. (2005) The Presidentialization of Politics: A Comparative Study of Modern Democracies, Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, chapters 1 and 15 as well as one or two other chapters (country studies) of your choice. (Note: this is an eBook available through the library’s catalogue.)

Ludger Helms (2008) “Governing in the Media Age: The Impact of the Mass Media on Executive Leadership in Contemporary Democracies”, Government and Opposition, 43:1, 26-54.

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