Political Management in Canada. 2nd ed.


293 pages
Contains Bibliography, Index
ISBN 0-8020-8123-1
DDC 320.971




Reviewed by Eric P. Mintz

Eric P. Mintz is an associate professor of political science at Sir
Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland.


This book is a product of a course taught by a respected former premier
of Saskatchewan and an astute analyst of public administration. Through
a well-organized and edited dialogue, an interesting and jargon-free
understanding of the workings of government in Saskatchewan and
elsewhere is developed. Those expecting juicy insider gossip or a
self-serving memoir will be disappointed. But students of government and
public administration will appreciate the blending of Blakeney’s
reflections on his many years of experience in government with
Borins’s knowledge of the scholarly literature. Coherence is given to
the dialogues through a “philosophy of statecraft” that outlines how
the public sector should be organized and how public officials should
act in a parliamentary system.

The second edition includes some comments on the organization and
operation of the Chrétien government, as well as a short new appendix
indicating the text’s correspondence with the topics covered in
various Canadian politics and public administration textbooks.


Blakeney, Allan, and Sandford Borins., “Political Management in Canada. 2nd ed.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 23, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/30397.