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Driving the Fake Out of Public Administration:
Detoxing HR in the Canadian Federal Public Sector

by Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet

Driving the Fake Out deals with the fake at the origin of much unwarranted waste and inefficiency in the Canadian federal public administration. The authors propose that it has its sources in the progressivist cosmology that has displaced the primary concern of government from coordination to distribution. They probe the world of human resources (HR) as an illustration of this displacement of focus. Some modest general propositions are put forward.

The Tainted-Blood Tragedy:
A Cascade of Governance Failures

by Gilles Paquet and Roger A. Perrault

The Tainted-Blood Tragedy was written by a specialist on governance, and a medical doctor and scientist, who managed the Canadian blood transfusion system for 17 years. It challenges the conventional wisdom that underpinned the four ill-founded accusations against a few persons levied by interest groups, the media, and the Office of the Solicitor General of Ontario, and it argues that the tragedy was the result of a cascade of pathologies of governance.

Irregular Governance:
A Plea for Bold Organizational Experimentation

by Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet

Irregular governance focusses on the exploration and design of unusual or, at least, less habitual forms of governance in order to deal more effectively with emerging forms of turbulence and complexity. This capacity to transform depends on the constant arrival on the scene of the right sort of new actors, new structures and new social technologies.

Usual Suspects:
Essays on Social Learning Disabilities

by Gilles Paquet

Unusual Suspects looks into the forces at work that have undermined critical thinking and sound intellectual inquiry in the world of public affairs in Canada, have fostered reductive perspectives and destructive blockages to collaborative governance to emerge, and have succeeded in blinding observers to the real sources of the present Canadian malaise, blocking the road to imaginative repairs. The conclusion makes the case for an approach that is both synoptic and guided by reasonableness – against the dogmas of disciplines and skimpy rationality.

Probing the Bureaucratic Mind:
About Canadian Federal Executives

by Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet

Probing the Bureaucratic Mind draws from extensive Chatham House-style discussions with about 100 senior executives of the Canadian federal government on daunting wicked policy problems, challenging ideas and intriguing hypotheses. How they think was our focus – probing the bureaucratic mind.

Gouvernance corporative :
Une entrée en matières

by Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet

Gouvernance corporative connote ici la coordination efficace et dynamique de l’organisation quand pouvoir, ressources et information sont vastement distribués entre plusieurs mains – dans le privé, le public, le communautaire, etc. De quoi préparer les esprits à aborder de manière critique la gouvernance corporative, et engendrer un changement d’attitude quant à ce qu’on peut faire pratiquement pour assurer une meilleure gouvernance.

Tackling Wicked Policy Problems:
Equality, Diversity and Sustainability

by Gilles Paquet

Tackling Wicked Policy Problems contributes to the process of recognition of governance studies as a heuristically powerful field of study in two distinct ways. It shows first how the governance approach has emerged in response to the limitations of the two main cosmologies that have dominated the 20th century scene. Then, it explores how the governance approach may help in tackling wicked policy problems where ends are neither well known nor agreed upon, and means-ends relationships are either poorly understood or unstable.

Through the Detox Prism:
Exploring Organizational Failures and Design Responses

by Gilles Paquet and Tim Ragan

Through the Detox Prism throws some light on the modern-day pathologies that are crippling the productivity, resilience, innovation and survival of our private, public and social organizations, and therefore our standard of living. This detox perspective is based on a systematic effort to lift both analysts and practitioners with the skyhook of a crane in order to broaden their outlook, to lengthen their time horizon, and to help them escape from mental prisons to inspire effective and practical design thinking.

Moderato cantabile:
Towards a Principled Governance for Canada’s Immigration Regime

by Gilles Paquet

Moderato cantabile 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 that may not be granted unconditionally.

Collaborative Decentred Metagovernance and Inquiring Systems

by Ruth Hubbard, Gilles Paquet and Christopher Wilson

Stewardship explains how collaborative decentred metagovernance combines forms and styles of governance being experimented with in the private, public and social 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.

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