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A Teaching Topic in Human Resource Management

HR, Merit and the Relative Independence of the Public Service

This teaching topic introduces students to the fundamental principles of human resources management within the Canadian public sector. The merit system, the personnel system and bureaucratic independence are all examined within this teaching topic. This topic also discusses the concept of bureaucratic independence, the prospect of “politicization” of the professional bureaucracy and the democratic rights of public servants.

Recommended Reading (API 5116)

Johnson’s Thinking Government, chapter 7.

Chris Eichbaum and Richard Shaw (2008) « Revisiting Politicization: Political Advisers and Public Servants in Westminster Systems », Governance, 21:3, 337-364.

Justin S. Vaughn and José D. Villalobos (2009) « The Obama Administration’s Challenges after the ‘War on Science’: Reforming Staffing Practices and Protecting Scientific Integrity in the Executive Branch », Review of Policy Research, 26:6, 803-819.

Luc Juillet and Ken Rasmussen (2008) “Struggling to Defend Political Neutrality, 1979-2006”, in Defending a Contested Ideal: Merit and the Public Service Commission, 1908-2008, Ottawa, University of Ottawa Press, 124-151.

Source: API 5116 Syllabus, 2012

Page Created By: Ben Eisen, last edited 3 July, 2013


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