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Savoie, Donald J. 1947-

Works: 187 works in 690 publications in 2 languages and 26,375 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Textbooks  Festschriften 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Compiler, Contributor
Classifications: JL75, 338.9
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Most widely held works about Donald J Savoie
Most widely held works by Donald J Savoie
Taking stock : assessing public sector reforms by B. Guy Peters( )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 1,915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the last tow decades governments have invested a great deal of time, money, and political capital in reforms to make the public sector more efficient. They have, however, invested little in evaluating the effectiveness of their efforts, accepting many of the reforms because of a belief in a particular approach to governing or an ideological commitment on the part of politicians. This collection of essays "takes stock" of these reform measures and their impact on public administration."--Jacket
Governance in a changing environment by B. Guy Peters( )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiscal cutbacks, the public's declining confidence in government, and new ideologies are forcing the public sector in industrialized democracies to undertake major reforms. In these essays contributing authors examine changes to the political and economic environment and the ways in which governments have responded. The essays explain what is happening in government in the late twentieth century and suggest changes that can be expected in the future
Whatever happened to the music teacher? : how government decides and why by Donald J Savoie( )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thirty years ago, Anglo-American politicians set out to make the public sector look like the private sector. These reforms continue today, ultimately seeking to empower elected officials to shape policies and pushing public servants to manage operations in the same manner as their private-sector counterparts. In Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher?, Donald Savoie provides a nuanced account of how the Canadian federal government makes decisions. Savoie argues that the traditional role of public servants advising governments on policy has been turned on its head, and that evidence-based policy making is no longer valued as it once was. Policy making has become a matter of opinion, Google searches, focus groups, and public opinion surveys, where a well-connected lobbyist can provide any answers politicians wish to hear. As a result, public servants have lost their way and are uncertain about how they should assess management performance, how they should generate policy advice, how they should work with their political leaders, and how they should speak truth to political power - even within their own departments. Savoie demonstrates how recent management reforms in government have caused a steep rise in the overhead cost of government, as well as how the notion that public administration could be made to operate like the private sector has been misguided and costly to taxpayers. Abandoning "textbook" discussions of government and public service, Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher? Is a realistic portrayal of how policy decisions are made and how actors and institutions interact with one another and exposes the complexities, contradictions present in Canadian politics and governance."--Publisher's website
Federal-provincial collaboration : the Canada-New Brunswick general development agreement by Donald J Savoie( )

10 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and held by 1,651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Power : where is it? by Donald J Savoie( )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years it has become extremely difficult to pinpoint the location of political and economic power, making it complicated to determine who is to blame for political and economic catastrophes and leading to increased disenchantment with Western politicians and bureaucrats. Power considers how forces such as globalization, the new media, the changing role of the courts in parliamentary democracies, the partisanship of political parties in shaping policy, and collapsing boundaries between governments and within government departments have caused citizens to feel their countries are less democratic. Savoie argues that power is leaving institutions and organizations and going to powerful individuals in both the public and private sectors, who often push aside formal processes in order to drive change
Court government and the collapse of accountability in Canada and the United Kingdom by Donald J Savoie( )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in English and held by 1,618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Court governments undermine both the traditionally bureaucratic model and basic principles that have guided the development of our Westminster-Whitehall parliamentary system. Nonetheless, Canada and the United Kingdom still cling to accountability requirements better suited to the past and the traditional bureaucratic model. Savoie concludes with a call for new accountability requirements that correspond with court government as well as the new relationships between politicians and civil servants, and civil servants and citizens."--Pub. website desc
Governing : essays in honour of Donald J. Savoie by James Bickerton( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A festschrift in honour of Donald J. Savoie
Visiting grandchildren : economic development in the Maritimes by Donald J Savoie( )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visiting Grandchildren looks to history, accidents of geography, and to the workings of national political and administrative institutions to explain the relative underdevelopment of the Maritime provinces
Harrison McCain : Single-Minded Purpose by Donald J Savoie( )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The only rival to Harrison McCain's entrepreneurial success was his deep attachment to his Maritime roots. From McCain's beginnings in Florenceville, New Brunswick, the early mentorship he received from K.C. Irving, to the global success of his corporate empire McCain Foods, Donald Savoie presents a compelling and candid biography of one of the most famous and down-to-earth figures in Canadian business history
Equity and efficiency in economic development : essays in honour of Benjamin Higgins by Donald J Savoie( )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Equity and Efficiency in Economic Development celebrates the long and illustrious career of Benjamin Higgins, Canada's most eminent development economist. In his honour, a group of world-renowned scholars tackles the most pervasive and baffling of today's economic, social, and political problems: how to design, construct, and administer an economic system that will function efficiently and assure improved living standards while respecting basic principles of individual freedom and social justice
What is government good at? : a Canadian answer by Donald J Savoie( )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent decades have shown the public's support for government plummet alongside political leaders' credibility. This downward spiral calls for an exploration of what has gone wrong. The questions, "What is government good at?" and "What is government not good at?" are critical ones - and their answers should be the basis for good public policy and public administration. In What Is Government Good At?, Donald Savoie argues that politicians and public servants are good at generating and avoiding blame, playing to a segment of the population to win the next election, embracing and defending the status quo, adding management layers and staff, keeping ministers out of trouble, responding to demands from the prime minister and his office, and managing a complex, prime minister-centred organization. Conversely, they are not as good at defining the broader public interest, providing and recognizing evidence-based policy advice, managing human and financial resources with efficiency and frugality, innovating and reforming itself, being accountable to Parliament and to citizens, dealing with non-performers, paying sufficient attention to service delivery, and implementing and evaluating the impact of policies and programs. With wide implications for representative democracy, What Is Government Good At? is a persuasive analysis of an approach to government that has opened the door to those with the resources to influence policy and decision-making while leaving average citizens on the outside looking in
Governing from the centre : the concentration of power in Canadian politics by Donald J Savoie( )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Redefined during the past thirty years, the centre of government currently extends itself further than ever before. Central governmental agencies are 'where the rubber meets the road, ' where public service meets politics, and policy becomes reality. So who's driving this car? Agencies such as the Privy Council Office, the Finance Department, and the Treasury Board exert their influence horizontally, deciding how policy is made and how money gets spent. According to Donald Savoie, these organizations, instituted to streamline Ottawa's planning processes, instead telescope power to the Prime Minister and weaken the influence of ministers, the traditional line departments, and even parliament, without contributing to more rational and coherent policy-making." "Indispensable reading for students of politics, public policy, and public administration, Ottawa watchers, journalists, lobbyists, and civil servants who want to know what is really going on."--Jacket
Regional economic development : Canada's search for solutions by Donald J Savoie( Book )

19 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his widely acclaimed first edition of this book, published in 1986, Donald Savoie shed some welcome light on the Canadian experience of regional development policy. With this second edition he brings the analysis up to date
Thatcher, Reagan, Mulroney : in search of a new bureaucracy by Donald J Savoie( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La lutte pour le développement : le cas du Nord-Est by Donald J Savoie( )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in French and English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notes historiques sur le Nouveau-Brunswick - La région : évolution historique - Les premiers efforts - Un engagement renouvelé. Évaluation de quelques projets issus des ententes - La région : des années 1960 aux années 1980 - Activités économiques de base et croissance - Vers une problématique locale du développement - Cartes - Annexes
The politics of public spending in Canada by Donald J Savoie( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten people meet for the first time over lunch. They must decide whether they will share one check or ask for ten separate ones. In theory, if they decide on one shared check they will all choose the most expensive items. But if each were paying individually they would probably have chosen differently: nobody would want to miss the best food while paying for someone else to have it. With this analogy, Donald Savoie tackles government's increased spending and our inability to cut back existing programs. He argues that they are rooted in the regional nature of Canada and in the fear that unless we eat the best at the public banquet we will lose our shares of public largesse. Savoie identifies the forces fuelling new government spending and also those that inhibit efforts to reduce it. The regional factor is of first importance, but Savoie also looks at forces such as the role of the private sector and the pressures of special interest groups. Supporters of a new day-care program, for example, are likely to compare the cost of their proposal with other government measures in order to justify it. A regional minister in Newfoundland seeking support for construction of new wharfs is less likely to do a cost-benefit analysis of the project than to compare it with expenditures on an expansion of an airport in central Ontario. Savoie has carried out extensive interviews with policy makers to find out how priorities are established within the federal government, how the planning process works, and how conflict develops between two groups in the budget process: the guardians and the spenders. Both increased spending and the inability to cut programs, Savoie argues, are the result of Canada's regional nature and the perception in various ministries that large budgets are a means for maintaining power and enhancing prestige. He concludes with suggestions for controlling spending, and makes a plea for important changes in the future
Breaking the bargain : public servants, ministers, and Parliament by Donald J Savoie( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2018 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Breaking the Bargain, Donald J. Savoie reveals how the traditional deal struck between politicians and career officials that underpins the workings of our national political and administrative process is today being challenged. He demonstrates that the role of bureaucracy within the Canadian political machine has never been properly defined, and that the relationship between elected and permanent government officials is increasingly problematic. In effect, Savoie argues, the public service cannot function if it is expected to be both independent of, and subordinate to, elected officials." "While the public service is attempting to define its own political sphere, the House of Commons is also in a state of flux. The prime minister and his close advisers wield ever more power, and cabinet no longer occupies the policy ground to which it is entitled. Ministers, who have traditionally been able to develop their own roles, have increasingly lost their autonomy. Federal departmental structures are crumbling, giving way to a new model that favours that sharing of policy and program space. The implications of this functional shift are far-reaching, having a deep impact on public policy, government operations, and ultimately, individual and institutional accountability." "Drawing on a wide range of sources, including published and unpublished government documents and extensive interviews with present and former government officials, Savoie provides important historical background and clear analysis of the realities facing ministers, deputy ministers, and members of Parliament. Comprehensive and insightful, Breaking the Bargain makes a significant contribution to contemporary debate on governance and the potential for political reform in Canada."--Jacket
Regional economic development : essays in honour of François Perroux by Donald J Savoie( Book )

29 editions published between 1987 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Billions of dollars are committed every year in Canada to regional development through a variety of programs: federal-provincial shared-cost agreements, freight rate assistance, tax credits, and more. In his widely acclaimed first edition of this book, published in 1986, Donald Savoie shed some welcome light on the Canadian experience of regional development policy. With this second edition he brings the analysis up to date. Savoie considers the various political and economic forces, past and present, that have shaped the development of policy. He offers a balanced and perceptive assessment of the appropriateness of our objectives for regional development and evaluates the effectiveness of successive phases of policy in meeting those objectives. New chapters in this edition report on all policy and program changes introduced since 1985. These include the elimination of a large federal government department responsible for regional development and the establishment of two new regional development agencies headed by their own ministers and deputy ministers. Savoie also updates the progress made in alleviating regional disparities and documents changes in public policy environment in the past few years stemming from factors such as free trade, the growing federal deficit, and the constitutional crisis
Regional policy in a changing world by Niles M Hansen( Book )

11 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The art of the state : governance in a world without frontiers( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Thatcher, Reagan, Mulroney : in search of a new bureaucracy
Power : where is it?Court government and the collapse of accountability in Canada and the United KingdomVisiting grandchildren : economic development in the MaritimesEquity and efficiency in economic development : essays in honour of Benjamin HigginsGoverning from the centre : the concentration of power in Canadian politicsThatcher, Reagan, Mulroney : in search of a new bureaucracyBreaking the bargain : public servants, ministers, and ParliamentRegional policy in a changing worldThe art of the state : governance in a world without frontiers
Alternative Names
Donald J. Savoie Canadees econoom

Donald J. Savoie Canadian academic

Donald J. Savoie economista canadiense

Donald J. Savoie scoláire Ceanadach

Donald Savoie économiste canadien

Savoie, D. J.

Savoie, Donald 1947-

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Savoie, Donald J. 1947-

Savoie, Donald J. (Donald Joseph), 1947-

Savoie, Donald Joseph

Savoie, Donald Joseph 1947-

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French (14)