by Divers auteurs / Various Authors
Collaborative Decentred Metagovernance and Inquiring Systems
This first volume in the Collaborative Decentred Metagovernance
- what is meant by collaborative decentred metagovernance and
- how this new problematique has emerged;
- on what assumptions and key concepts it is built;
- the central role played by inquiring systems in public policy;
- how it can be used to throw some light on wicked policy
problems in policy domains like health, productivity and
innovation, as well as on persistent and perplexing issues like
the need to strike a new balance in conflicts with Aboriginal
communities over such things as the illegal tobacco trade and
This book explains how collaborative decentred metagovernance
combines forms and styles of governance being experimented with in
the private, public and voluntary sectors, to ensure effective
coordination when no one can legitimately lay claim to being in
charge because power, resources and information are widely
distributed into many hands, and governance must, of necessity, be
decentred and collaborative.
Ruth Hubbard is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on
Governance of the University of Ottawa. She served for more than a
decade as a federal deputy minister in the Government of Canada.
Gilles Paquet is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre
on Governance of the University of Ottawa, and Editor in Chief of
For more information, visit his website www.gouvernance.ca.
Christopher Wilson is a Senior Research Fellow at the
Centre on Governance of the University of Ottawa, and a senior
consultant on collaborative governance and partnership in the
public and voluntary sectors.
Table of Contents
What is collaborative decentred metagovernance?
A work in progress
A preview of the contents
Chapter 1 — Foundations
A new mindset
Stewardship as process
Automatic pilot and collibration
Putting all this together
Chapter 2 — Inquiring Systems
Gilles Paquet and Christopher Wilson
The underlying conceptual framework: sound, but in need of
Inquiring systems as heuristics and affordances
Collaborative decentred metagovernance as inquiring systems
Stewardship: self-governance, collibration and collaboration
A word of warning
Chapter 3 — Scheming Virtuously
Inquiring system as design challenge
Tasks to be tackled
Phases in the crystallization of inquiring systems
The ethical corridor
Chapter 4 — The New Frontier
Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet
Inquiring systems, social learning and safe-fail mechanisms
Productivity and innovation
Chapter 5 — Metagovernance Review
Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet
A new basic unit of analysis
The new cosmology
The power of denial
No need for undue pessimism
Developmental evaluation as a point of entry
The requisite variety and collaboration imperatives
In praise of humility
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Towards Principled governance for Canada’s immigration regime
Canada has engaged in an immigration policy experiment of momentous importance over the last 25 years: it has almost doubled the flow of new immigrants. This has not only strained Canada’s absorptive capacity and the common public culture, and increased the costs of immigration for Canadians, but it has also led the more recent cohorts of immigrants to experience much greater difficulty integrating into their new homeland, causing them to fall more and more below the level of income of the Canadian-born.
Canadians have been disinformed by officials, the intelligentsia and the media about the real impact of mass immigration on the economy and about its potential capacity to counter the effect of the aging of Canadian population. Canadians have been hoodwinked into accepting that maximum diversity is optimum diversity.
This book demolishes certain toxic myths in good currency about immigration, points to grievous administrative pathologies about the selection process of immigrants, and proposes new guide posts to shape a principled Canadian immigration policy – based on fair play and rules of hospitality that include permission to become a member of the host society must not be granted unconditionally. Moral contracts with newcomers should define the expectations of the host country as the quid for the quo represented by the entitlements that are afforded to the newcomer.
Gilles Paquet is Professor Emeritus at the Telfer School of Management, a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Governance of the University of Ottawa, and Editor in Chief of www.optimumonline.ca, an electronic journal on public governance and management that reaches some 10,000 subscribers. For more information, visit his website www.gouvernance.ca.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Dumbfounding Aspects of Canadian Immigration Policy
Some stylized facts
The baffling ‘Canadian consensus’ reversal after the mid-1990s
A frontal attack on this wicked problem may be counterproductive
Scheming virtuously on three fronts: a brief sketch
Chapter 2: Immigration and the Solidarity-Diversity-Security Nexus
The SDS nexus
Citizenship and the SDS nexus
Chapter 3: Toward Fair Play and Hospitality as a New Frame of Reference
Moral revolution – social transformation
Frame of reference I
Common public culture under threat
Frame of reference II in the making
Chapter 4: Toward Principled Governance of the Immigration Regime
A circumspect appraisal of the state of play by officialdom
Toward a new Canadian immigration regime
The moral contracts with newcomers
Terms of integration and default settings
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