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Minister Portfolio proposal

Minister Portfolio proposal - Week 1 the Breadth of Public...

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Week 1: the Breadth of Public Admin -public admin defined... --> occupation: the workers who arrange the organizational structure of decision makers --> field of study: fragment of political science; institutions, policy analysis and intergovernmental relations --> draws on many field... economics, law, human resources, etc .... - institutional foundations within the westminster system -merit-based, non-partisan and professional --> new focus on NPM (1980;’s) --> focus on results, more business-oriented - several variants within public admin ...public management ... development administration ...comparative public administration ...administrative sciences -public administration vs. public policy ---administrators set the policy and the public administration carries out the work --the policy cycle: agenda, articulation, decision-making, implementation, evaluation -attachment to the business sector -classification reform after WWII (scientific management) -Glassco Commission (1962), Lambert Commission (1979) & Public Service 2000 (1989) -more focus on Ministers coming from private sector & New Public Management -division of labour -there are many departments, each with their own level of reliance / independence, spread throughout the geography of Canada -What makes our system Canadian? -Westminster model and federalism -departmental model (ministers and ministries --> separation of Privy Council & exempt staff -bilingualism - Parliamentary Accountability --> question period, parliamentary agents (budget, etc), minister accountability (at PM leisure)
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-Basic facts - public sector 3.6 million (including health, provincial, education army .... ) -federal is 427,000 (41% in capital region) -median salary is 55,000$ -key issues --> politics vs. administration --> accountability --> centralization vs. decentralization --> jurisdictional boundaries (regionalism, globalism, aboriginal self-govenrment) Week 2: Organizing the Machinery of Government - differing Canada from US --> major difference in Independence ...war vs. long and relatively peaceful transition ...our continuing allegiance to the Crown -->loyalist argument against patriots was not against abandoning crown but rather accepting the bureaucratic administration -The Departmental Model -builds on responsibility to the crown... --> vertical (authority over authors ) vs. horizontal (collective for decisions) - line departments are essentially where each Minister is in charge of **highlights the responsibility of DM,s and Ministers to the Crown but also to their departments --> Ministers vs. Deputy Ministers : share powers in many ways ...elected vs. appointed public servant --> three types of ADM’s ...operational (implementation), policy-development, and internal services -Public admin vs. department is not necessarily constitutional --> rather, they are created by statute and governed in a way by the Budget --> fall under a range of new documents and responsibilities (FAA , 2006) --> determining the departments portfolio if up to PM prerogative, but Parliament establishes its credibility through legal channels.
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