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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 capacity and recruiting expertise in public services: acquiring talent in evolving governance environments

Policy capacity and recruiting expertise in public services: acquiring talent in evolving governance environments

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(p.165) Eight Policy capacity and recruiting expertise in public services: acquiring talent in evolving governance environments
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Policy Analysis in Canada
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Evert A. Lindquist

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334910.003.0008

This chapter sets out an analytic framework for evaluating different approaches to mobilizing policy expertise. It first identifies different locations where policy analysis and work is carried out in the public service, what policy expertise is sought by policy units, and different kinds of talent. Using a sports metaphor, this chapter considers the qualities and attributes required for policy ‘teams’ to reach full potential. Three archetypical recruitment strategies available to departments and policy units are identified—in-house systems, internal policy think tanks, and consulting strategies—and appraised according to criteria for well-performing teams working in public service environments and the specific needs of policy units. Each strategy has unique benefits, costs and risks. The chapter concludes by considering contemporary governance, demographic, and technological trends, how they might affect the mobilization and recruitment strategies of governments seeking to build policy capacity, and implications for research.

Keywords:   policy analysis, policy recruitment, policy teams, policy talent, policy units, policy expertise, policy work

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