At the Pleasure of the Crown: The Politics of Bureaucratic Appointments (Hardback)
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At the Pleasure of the Crown: The Politics of Bureaucratic Appointments (Hardback)

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Hardback 148 Pages / Published: 01/10/2020
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Unlike most public servants, top administrators - those who manage thousands of personnel and oversee millions of dollars in public spending - are appointed by the head of government. At the Pleasure of the Crown is a detailed exploration of this central but overlooked aspect of governing. Christopher A. Cooper analyzes the appointment of deputy ministers in Canada's provincial bureaucracies over the last century, as governments have looked first for partisan loyalty, then candid advice, and ultimately feverish devotion to the policy agenda. Throughout, turnover among bureaucratic elites has remained highly political, with important consequences for the integrity of Canadian public institutions.

Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
ISBN: 9780774864763
Number of pages: 148
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"A sophisticated analysis of the consequences of the growing politicization of the public service as well as its increasing marginalization at the hands of new partisan sources of policy advice. Christopher Cooper goes well beyond the tired 'strong first ministers' thesis that has dominated this analysis in the recent past to bring much-needed nuance to this debate."-Ken Rasmussen, University of Regina
A sophisticated analysis of the consequences of the growing politicization of the public service as well as its increasing marginalization at the hands of new partisan sources of policy advice. Christopher Cooper goes well beyond the tired 'strong first ministers' thesis that has dominated this analysis in the recent past to bring much-needed nuance to this debate. -- Ken Rasmussen, University of Regina

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