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vol 46, no 3, fall 2016




INTELLIGENT GOVERNANCE: AN ALTERNATIVE PARADIGM

Gilles Paquet and Christopher Wilson

The paper builds on a somber diagnosis by Michael Wernick about the state of the Canadian federal public service, suggesting that the traditional paradigm is not equipped to deal with failures. An alternative is proposed one to guide the needed process of redesign.









AN MRI OF HRM IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR: A PROTOTYPE INTENT ON COMPLICATING MATTERS

Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet

This paper proposes the contours of a reasoned approach to the fundamentals of human resource management (HRM) that focuses on performance. It builds on realistic assumptions, a range of workable instruments, and on the design of hybrid HRM regimes.









IGNITING THE CANADIAN CONSUMER PRODUCT MANUFACTURING SECTOR

David W. Large Ph.D.

Many pessimistic scenarios for Canadian manufacturing are in good currency. This paper takes a more optimistic view, and proposes a strategy based on igniting the consumer product manufacturing sub-sector.









CAUSTIC NOTES ON THE GREAT DARKNESS

Gilles Paquet

The Great Darkness is a myth presenting Quebec in the 1950s as a province in an era of economic and social backwardness. It is suggested that such a situation has contributed to the other mythical event — the Quiet Revolution — that took place in the 1960s. The paper shows that both myths have been designed to be self-reinforcing.









LETTER FROM THE EDITOR IN CHIEF

Gilles Paquet














DISINFORMATIVE, IDEOLOGICAL, AND OIKOPHOBIC: ON A PIECE OF STORYTELLING BY QUIXOTIC JOHN IBBITSON

Gary Caldwell and Gilles Paquet

This is a belated critical review of the 2013 Bricker & Ibbitson's book — The Big Shift — mainly focused on John Ibbitson's contribution. The authors of this note consider this contribution to reek of disinformation, ideology, and oikophobia.









ON SAVOIE'S WHAT IS GOVERNMENT GOOD AT?

Daniel J. Caron

Daniel Caron offers a critical review of Donald Savoie's book, What Is Government Good At? He finds the thesis confusing, the argument vacillating, the evidence groundless, and the final result inconclusive.










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