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Political Science Canadian

How Government Really Works

A field guide to bureaucracies in Canada

by (author) Jane Allt & Angela Poirier

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Canadian, General, Civics & Citizenship
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This book exposes the inherent complexities and challenges found in government environments and offers insights to help bureaucrats, and those working alongside bureaucrats, better understand the dynamics of provincial government in Canada.

The authors are career civil servants with more than 60 years of service between them. They share practical advice and include insights from senior bureaucrats and academics, about how best to navigate relationships within the government sector. The result is an entertaining and fast-paced read.

The book is aimed at civil servants, politicians, media, unions, lobbyists and others who work closely with the bureaucracy and who want to better understand how the system works.


About the authors

JANE ALLT began her career with the Nova Scotia public service working in administration before moving into human resources. She held positions as consultant and manager with tourism, economic development, municipal affairs and labour. After completing her Master in Public Administration degree from Dalhousie, she took on the role of director of strategic support services with the Public Service Commission. Since retiring from the public sector, Jane has been providing consulting services to organizations in the not-for-profit sector. Jane has spent her life living and working in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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ANGELA POIRIER joined the Nova Scotia public service as a coordinator of customer relations with transportation before moving into senior communications roles with economic development; tourism, culture and heritage; and environment. She also held a senior project management position with finance; and retired from the service as a senior policy analyst with justice. Her experience is complemented with a Master in Public Administration degree from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Public Relations degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. She lives in Shad Bay, Nova Scotia.

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Editorial Reviews

"A rare and valuable behind-the-scenes look at government."

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