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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 5672: The Politics and the Policy of Water
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-5672: The Politics and the Policy of Water

DescriptionThe world’s finite water resources are expected to meet the needs of a population of 9 Billion by 2050, a rapidly expanding, integrated global economy, the provision of essential ecological services and to do so during a period of unprecedented change in the climate. There is a growing realization that the traditional approaches to the management of water resources are outdated and unlikely to meet these challenges at the local, regional or global level. So what combination of approaches and policies is most likely to meet the needs?

This is the setting for this new course and the exploration of the political and policy issues that we face. We will look at the way the management of water resources has evolved over time and how current thinking is trying to learn lessons from the past but adapt to new knowledge, technologies and ecological, social and economic imperatives The emphasis will be on the situation in Canada but with over 80% of the Canadian population living in international waterways a Continental and a global context is essential for understanding the issues.

The course emphasizes a practical approach and to that end will reflect upon how the same political or policy goal may be approached by both less interventionist and more interventionist governments.

A series of expert guest speakers will make presentations and engage the students on key topics.   

Faculty: Robert Slater (Winter 2013)

Source: Syllabus downloaded from (accessed 7 January 2014)


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



Commentary by the Atlas editors: There is not sufficient detail in the course outline to suggest teaching topics.

Page created by: Ian Clark, 7 January 2014. 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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