04 march 2013

Biggest problem facing government is the number of employees working on oversight and not services, new book suggests

"Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher: How Government Decides and Why" by Donald J Savoie focusses on how governments, in particular Canada's governments, have adopted evaluation and oversight as a goal that pushes out capacity to give sufficient front line government services.

In the book, Professor Savoie outlines decades of attempts to centralize government decision-making power, and create mountains of evaluations of services that take up an increasing part of the energies of any given government department, concentrating more and more employees in Ottawa, as opposed to providing services across Canada.

Professor Savoie holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance at the Université de Moncton in the province of New Brunswick.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Professor Savoie about his just released book and the challenges facing governments in Canada and around the world.
More information:
Information on the book - here
Professor Donald J. Savoie info - here


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