- Introduction: Transformation of an Unnatural Country
- The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Canada: A Double Federation
- Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations: Workhorse of the Federation
- Local Government
- Parliament and Legislatures: Central to Canadian Democracy?
- First Ministers, Cabinet, and the Public Service
- Political Parties and the Practice of Brokerage Politics
- Political Parties and the Electoral System
- Challenge and Change: Elections and Voting
- The Deliberative and Adversarial Attitudes of Interest Groups
- Public Opinion and Public Policy
- Politics and the Media: Culture, Technology, and Regulation
- Ethnic, Linguistic, and Multicultural Diversity of Canada
- Women in Canadian Politics
- Beyond the “Indian Problem”: Aboriginal Peoples and the Transformation of Canada
- Canada and the World: Beyond Middle Power
- Canada–United States Relations
- Trade, Globalization, and Canadian Prosperity
- Continuities and Change in the Design of Canada's Social Architecture
- Health Care
- Science and Technology: Politicians and the Public
- Canadian Environmental Politics and Policy
- Defense and Security
- Democratic Reform: The Search for Guiding Principles
Abstract and Keywords
This article explores how the relationship among the prime minister, the cabinet, and public service has evolved and developed in the recent years. It also aims to identify the forces that have shaped and molded these transformations. The article begins by examining the growing power of the prime minister and central agencies, specifically the Prime Minister's Office (MPO). It then proceeds to discuss the cabinet, how it has transformed into more than a focus group, and why it no longer directs the work of the government. The article concludes with a discussion on public service and the transformations in the role of public service.
Donald J. Savoie holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance, Université de Moncton.
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