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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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Trends and directions in Canadian policy analysis and policy advice

Trends and directions in Canadian policy analysis and policy advice

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Policy Analysis in Canada

Michael J. Prince

Policy Press

As public sector work, policy analysis and policy advising is the soft craft of hard choices. Changes in the context and content of Canadian politics and government in recent decades have shifted the nature of public service policy advice giving. This chapter presents these changes and their implications in relation to two approaches to policy advising. One model, the traditional approach in Canadian parliamentary governments, involves public servants speaking truth to those in power, namely cabinet ministers. The second model, reflecting contemporary trends in governance, can be described as many actors sharing many truths to decision makers. In short, there has been a shift in policy advisory systems engaged in policy analysis and matters of giving policy advice. The chapter examines each of these models, describing them and offering some criticisms, as well as noting trends in Canada that relate to this altered context of advising and policy development.

Keywords:   advising, policy analysis, truth, Canadian political system, policy advisory systems, policy development

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