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Policy Analysis in Canada$
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Laurent Dobuzinskis and Michael Howlett

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334910

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334910.001.0001

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Policy analysis in the federal government: conditions and renewal initiatives in the Trudeau era

Policy analysis in the federal government: conditions and renewal initiatives in the Trudeau era

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(p.71) Four Policy analysis in the federal government: conditions and renewal initiatives in the Trudeau era
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Policy Analysis in Canada
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Robert P. Shepherd

Christopher Stoney

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334910.003.0004

Significant changes are occurring within the federal Public Service with respect to the conditions under which policy is developed, implemented and assessed. There has been a shift to more targeted and discrete new public management (NPM) initiatives aimed at specific and incremental changes. This chapter highlights several important changes, challenges and initiatives in federal policy processes that purport to enhance innovation and creativity, while preserving ministerial responsibility. It concludes that while there is a drive to greater flexibility in policy processes, there remain important systemic and cultural barriers to achieving innovation that will take sustained leadership to overcome, including a stubborn obsession with bureaucratic accountability; shifting policy resources and competencies; adherence to error-free government; an unwillingness to open the policy process to external actors; and increased central coordination of policy priorities.

Keywords:   policy innovation, policy initiatives, accountability, new public management, policy leadership, policy coordination

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