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How Government Really Works

A field guide to Canada's bureaucracy

By Jane Allt and Angela Poirier

This book will be available 1st September 2020. We welcome you to place a pre-order.
$22.95 Paperback
This book will be available 1st September 2020. We welcome you to place a pre-order.
$16.95 Ebook
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Informative and refreshing, this book exposes the complexities and challenges of how governments work. The authors are former senior career civil servants with more than 60 years of service combined. They've worked in many different government departments. Their mission in this book: to explain how government bureaucracies operate, and why they do what they do..

The authors tackle hiring, firing, budgeting, policy development, decision-making and spending. They explain how bureaucracies work (and don't work) with politicians, the media, interest groups, lobbyists and fellow bureaucrats. They use personal experiences as well as insights from academics, politicians and other bureaucrats to illustrate their account..

The result is often entertaining, sometimes even funny. This is a perfect book for civil servants, politicians, media, unions, lobbyists, and others who work closely with government bureaucracies across Canada.

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.

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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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 1st September 2020
ISBN: 9781459506282
Format: 9in x 6in

Binding: Electronic book text, 144 pages
Publication Date: 1st September 2020
ISBN: 9781459506299
Format: EPUB

BIC Code: 1KBC, JP, JPQB, JPVH1
BISAC Code:  POL003000, POL028000, POL056000
Imprint: Formac


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