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Who Decides? Government in the New Millennium

Policy Study by Richard Bird

This is a book-length publication, edited by Richard M. Bird, which contains six articles relating to public governance. Bird argues it is critical for Canadians to understand how different political institutions can affect policy; accordingly, these essays explore a number of different political institutions and processes. As Bird points out, people care about results, not just the process of getting to results. Political institutions and processes, however, have a major impact on the behaviour of politicians and the outcome that results from their conduct.

Bird points out that despite the high standard of living in our country, many Canadians are increasingly unhappy with our system of government. He argues that the changing world economy, the continentalism of our economic policy, the ever more marked domination of the United States in our lives, the continuing uncertainty about separatism, and the threat of terrorism accentuate these concerns. Therefore, Canadians are asking themselves to what extent new forms of political organization and restructuring political institutions are practicable, desirable, or necessary – if Canada is going to continue to be one of the world’s more fortunate countries.

The six articles in this publication coverage a range of topics, including: democracy in the 21st century; institutional reforms and public policy outcomes; the democracy deficit; the “Canadian dictatorship;” globalization; “federalization;” taxes; transfers; and, quality of governance. Each article is followed by comments from two other policy experts.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Richard Bird;
Publisher: C.D. Howe Institute [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2004; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Public Administration / Policy Process
Policy Articles / Public Administration / Democracy
Policy Articles / Public Administration / Democracy / 2004
Policy Articles / Public Administration / Policy Process / 2004
Policy Articles / Public Administration


Keywords / Tags:

public governance; political institutions; democracy; political processes; globalization; taxes; transfers; quality of governance;