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Central Governmental Agencies Are 'Where The Rubber Meets The Road, ' where public service meets politics, and policy, becomes reality. So who's driving this cart Agencies such as the Privy Council Office, the Finance Department, and the Treasury Board exert their influence horizontally, deciding how policy is made and how money gets spent. Redefined during the past thirty years, the centre of government currently extends itself further than ever before. According to Savoie, these organizations, instituted to streamline Ottawa's planning processes, instead telescope power to the Prime Minister…mehr

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Central Governmental Agencies Are 'Where The Rubber Meets The Road, ' where public service meets politics, and policy, becomes reality. So who's driving this cart Agencies such as the Privy Council Office, the Finance Department, and the Treasury Board exert their influence horizontally, deciding how policy is made and how money gets spent. Redefined during the past thirty years, the centre of government currently extends itself further than ever before. According to Savoie, these organizations, instituted to streamline Ottawa's planning processes, instead telescope power to the Prime Minister and weaken the influence of ministers, the traditional line departments, and even parliament, without contributing to more rational and coherent policy making.

This is scholarship at its best: rigorous and riveting. The government operates as a combination of known procedures and the more elusive subtleties of human relationships and unspoken codes of behavior. Donald Savoie's longtime involvement in government affairs allow him to read through the surface of the results of his extensive research -- interviews with elites, archival materials, primary and secondary sources -- in order to expose all the levels of power at play. Indispensable reading for students of politics, public policy, public administration, Ottawa watchers, journalists, lobbyists, and civil servants who want to know what is really going on.
Agencies and policies instituted to streamline Ottawa's planning process instead concentrate power in the hands of the Prime Minister, more powerful in Canadian politics than the U.S. President in America. Riveting, startling, and indispensable reading.
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Donald J. Savoie holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance at l'Université de Moncton.