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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
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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

Political and Administrative Responsibilities

This topic examines the roles and responsibilities of the elected legislature and cabinet ministers as well as the appropriate role of the unelected, non-partisan professional public service. This topic also discusses the nature of the relationship between the bureaucracy and elected politicians. Students are introduced to the topic of bureaucratic independence, ministerial responsibility as well as the concept of the "politicization" of the public service.

Recommended Reading (Carleton University PADM 5117)

Leone, Roberto and Frank Ohemeng. Approaching Public Administration: Core Debates and Emerging Issues (Toronto: Edmond-Montgomery, 2011). chapter 5 (Is ministerial responsibility a dead concept?).

Nick d’Ombrain, “Ministerial Responsibility and the Machinery of Government,” Canadian Public Administration, 50, 2, Summer 2007, 195-218.

Gregory Tardi, “Departments and other Institutions of Government,” in Christopher Dunn (ed.), The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration. Don Mills, Oxford University Press, 2002, 281-304.

John Alford and Janine O’Flynn, “Making Sense of Public Value: Concepts, Critiques and Emergent Meanings,” International Journal of Public Administration, 32 (2009), 3, 171-91.

Kenneth Kernaghan, “East Block and Westminster: Conventions, Values, and Public Service,” in Christopher Dunn (ed.), The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration. Don Mills, Oxford University Press, 2002, 104-119.

Optional Readings:

Peter Aucoin, Jennifer Smith and Geoff Dinsdale, Responsible Government: Clarify Essentials, Dispelling Myths and Exploring Change (Ottawa: Canada School of Public Service, 2004).

Jonathan Malloy and Scott Millar, “Why Ministerial Responsibility can Still Work,” in G. Bruce Doern (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 2007-2008: The Harper Conservatives – Climate of Change (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007), 105-22.

Source: PADM 5116 Syllabus, 2012

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