Pioneer public service : an administrative history of the United Canadas, 1841-1867 (eBook, 2017) [WorldCat.org]
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Pioneer public service : an administrative history of the United Canadas, 1841-1867

Author: J E Hodgetts
Publisher: Toronto [Ontario] : University of Toronto Press, Ottawa, Ontario : Canadian Electronic Library, 1955. 2017
Series: Canadian government series, 7.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book makes a new approach to Canadian politics, from the administrative side. It provides, first, a description of the evolution and structure of the administrative machine which, with few fundamental changes, still serves the Canadian nation, and in the process it attempts to acknowledge and appraise the hitherto unsung contributions of the public servant to the welfare of a pioneer community. A second  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 56003309
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J E Hodgetts
ISBN: 9781487591373 1487591373
OCLC Number: 1013499492
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 292 pages)
Series Title: Canadian government series, 7.
Other Titles: Administrative history of the United Canadas, 1841-1867
Responsibility: by J.E. Hoddgetts.
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This book makes a new approach to Canadian politics, from the administrative side. It provides, first, a description of the evolution and structure of the administrative machine which, with few fundamental changes, still serves the Canadian nation, and in the process it attempts to acknowledge and appraise the hitherto unsung contributions of the public servant to the welfare of a pioneer community. A second objective is to disclose the presence in the pioneer public service of certain basic administrative issues which today still rise to perplex both the student and practitioner of public administration. And, finally, this study reveals a neglected aspect of the winning of responsible government in Canada--the author contends that the recognition of the constitutional principle on the political level, did not, in fact, coincide with its practical implementation at the administrative level. As Dr. R. MacGregor Dawson points out in his Foreword, "Few students, on suspects, appreciate how great has been the influence of the permanent officials in the years before Confederation, nor do they have an adequate comprehension of the degree to which administrative decisions of those days, both by Ministers and officials, determined many of the present practices. An astonishingly large number of the problems, moreover, will be found to have remained substantially the same for the past hundred years. The scheme of departmental organization, the delegation of authority and the allotment of responsibility, the application of financial controls, the intricate give and take between the political non-technical Minister and the technically trained specialist--these in some aspect or another have been the constant concern of the administrator: a different time, a different place, has simply shifted the emphasis a little one way or the other." Professor Hodgetts writes with humour and point; his book is a brilliant addition to the Canadian Government Series, in which it is the seventh volume to appear.

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