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Donald J. Savoie

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Donald J. Savoie holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance at the University of Moncton. He is a former civil servant and has extensive work experience in both government and academia. He has been an advisor to federal, provincial, and territorial governments, the private sector, the World Bank, and the United Nations. He is the author of numerous books, including Power: Where Is It?

He is shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher? How Government Decides and Why.
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What Went Wrong With Our Public Service

The Canadian government spends about $10 billion a year on consultants. Why? The Canadian public service added about 70,000 positions between 1999 and 2011. Why? In some departments, there are nine management levels between a Director and the Minister. Why? Front line managers have seen their operations reduced substantially in recent years while units in Ottawa have multiplied and grown. Why? Vaguely worded reports designed to deflect criticism and manage the blame game do not measure up.
03/03/2014 05:15 EST