A Profile of the Public Service of Canada

Current Good Practices and New Developments in Public Service Management

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Public sector reform has moved on apace since the first of the Commonwealth Public Service Country Profile Series was launched in 1995 when the principles of New Public Management (NPM) were in an early stage of adoption. Since then, the various civil services described in the series have undergone radical change in scope, organisation and approach rendering a revision timely. Now up dated and completely revised, these reissued Country Profiles continue to be an accessible and valuable source of reference which attempt to both describe and analyse the often tumultuous and controversial public sector reforms which have taken place in contributing countries since 1995. Practising bureaucrats diplomats political and academic audiences will find these new books invaluable in benchmarking best practice in public sector reform across Commonwealth member countries.




Under the guiding principles of Results for Canadians, the aim of stewardship is good value for public expenditure and better results for Canadians. This is achieved through federal resources that are appropriately aligned with government priorities, and used efficiently and effectively with prudence and probity and through clearly defined and public reporting of key commitments and results. Government departments and agencies continually strive to achieve these outcomes through strengthened management practices and accountability, better allocation of resources, and results-based performance that demonstrates responsible spending and adherence to public values and ethics.


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