Donald J. Savoie holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance (Tier 1) at Université de Moncton. He was awarded the 2015 Killam Prize for his contribution to social sciences.


Chrétien : la politique, une question de pouvoir

Les aspirants politiciens canadiens qui sont doués pour la gestion et qui attachent plus d'importance au pouvoir qu'aux idéaux trouveront en Jean Chrétien, ce pragmatiste aux instincts politiques aiguisés, un excellent modèle suivre. Monsieur Chrétien …

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Fix, don't axe, the Senate

The Senate has few friends left. It has had to struggle for legitimacy almost from birth, and the body blows it has absorbed from the scandals over the past several months have only reinforced the chronic …

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Fixing the bureaucracy

A retired deputy minister explained to me over breakfast, in no uncertain terms, what was wrong with the Canadian public service. He said, “It is seriously, seriously overstaffed. There are far too many people running …

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The public service: the glue is coming unstuck

(This article has been translated into French.) Think back to 1980. Canada was still a relatively closed economy; the regional trade agreement with the United States and Mexico was years down the road; the Access to Information …

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What is government good at?

Voter turnout is down…distrust in politicians is up…the growing negativity surrounding politics nowadays has raised the volume in the debate over the appropriate role and function of Canada’s federal government. Acclaimed author and scholar Donald …

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