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GOVERNANCE FAILURE AND ANTIGOVERNMENT PHENOMENA

Gilles Paquet and Christopher Wilson

The Canadian socio-economy has been experiencing difficulties since the early 1970s. Neither the New Public Management nor the Program Review experiments succeeded in generating effective repairs. After a long episode of redistribution to assuage those hurt by the governance failures, new forms of organizations are beginning to provide bottom up alternatives to government.







THE DON QUIXOTE SYNDROME: WEASEL WORDS AS GUIDEPOSTS

Andrea E. Courtney

Many, in the public policy world, seem to consider their pet idea as more real that the reality with which they are confronted. Three examples of this sort of sophistry proposed by the Liberal Party of Canada, the Clerk of Privy Council, and the Supreme Court of Canada, respectively, are examined.







STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP IN THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Denis H.J. Caro

A key informant study examines the eight strategic leadership challenges facing the emergency management systems in Canada.







LETTER FROM THE EDITOR IN CHIEF

Gilles Paquet

Letter from the Editor in Chief













THE PLIGHT OF CANADA’S PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

Ruth Hubbard

A former President of the Public Service Commission of Canada identifies two weaknesses in the present functioning of the PSC: a pathology of coverage and a pathology of rigidity. She describes these weaknesses, suggests an approach to overcome them, and hints at ways to ensure that more emphasis on performance might ensue.







COOPERATION AND GOVERNANCE IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: A RELATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

Normand Ouellet

The author takes a bird’s eye view of different paradigms in international development, and comes to the conclusion that a relational approach embedded in a collaborative approach and focused on population welfare is the most promising way. But changing paradigms will be difficult.










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