The Black Hole of Public Administration

The Black Hole of Public Administration

by Ruth Hubbard, Gilles Paquet


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780776607429
Publisher: University of Ottawa Press
Publication date: 08/21/2010
Series: Governance Series
Pages: 542
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Ruth Hubbard, a former federal deputy minister, is senior fellow at the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. She is the author of Profession: Public Servant (Invenire Books, 2009).

Gilles Paquet is professor emeritus and senior research fellow at the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. He has authored or edited 40 books, including The New Geo-Governance (University of Ottawa Press, 2005).

Table of Contents

Preface Public Administration In Distress ix

Introduction From 'Big G' Government To 'small G' Governance 1

Part I The Dynamics of the Broader Context

Chapter 1 The Clerk as Révélateur 20

Chapter 2 Toward an Autopoietic Federalism 65

Part II Pathologies of Governance Illustrated

Chapter 3 Forty-Four Forums on Some Twenty-Four Wicked Problems 110

Chapter 4 Quantophrenia 200

Chapter 5 Disloyalty 218

Chapter 6 The Neurotic State 253

Chapter 7 Fiscal Imbalance as Governance Failure 277

Part III Repairs in Many Dimensions

Chapter 8 Alternative Service Delivery: The Thin Edge of the Wedge 307

Chapter 9 P3 and ?The Porcupine Problem? 331

Chapter 10 The Myth of the Public Service as a Lump of Labour 353

Chapter 11 Design Challenges for the Strategic State: Bricolage and Sabotage 382

Chapter 12 Ombuds as Producers of Governance 418

Conclusion Governance and Beyond 442

Postface The Sabotage of Harms 452

Acknowledgements 465

Bibliography 458

Index 500

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