IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance


This series is sponsored by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada as part of its commitment to encourage research on issues in Canadian public administration, public sector management, and public policy. It also seeks to foster wider knowledge and understanding among practitioners, academics, and the general public

Editor: Patrice Dutil, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

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Canadas Department of External Affairs, Volume 3: Innovation and Adaptation, 19681984
Canada’s Department of External Affairs, Volume 3: Innovation and Adaptation, 1968–1984
By John Hilliker, Mary Halloran, and Greg Donaghy

Volume three of the official history of Canada’s Department of External Affairs offers readers an unparalleled look at the evolving structures underpinning Canadian foreign policy from 1968 to 1984.

Published May 2017
A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous-Local Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada
A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous-Local Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada
By Christopher Alcantara and Jen Nelles

In A Quiet Evolution, Christopher Alcantara and Jen Nelles look closely at hundreds of agreements from across Canada and at four case studies drawn from Ontario, Quebec, and Yukon Territory to explore relationships between Indigenous and local governments.

Published Jul 2016
Fields of Authority: Special Purpose Governance in Ontario, 1815-2015
Fields of Authority: Special Purpose Governance in Ontario, 1815-2015
By Jack Lucas

In Fields of Authority, Jack Lucas provides the first systematic exploration of local special purpose bodies in Ontario. Lucas uses a “policy fields” approach to explain how these local bodies in Ontario have developed from the nineteenth century to the present.

Published May 2016
Backrooms and Beyond: Partisan Advisers and the Politics of Policy Work in Canada
Backrooms and Beyond: Partisan Advisers and the Politics of Policy Work in Canada
By Jonathan Craft

Backrooms and Beyond draws on interviews with ministers, senior public servants, and political advisers to offer the first detailed Canadian treatment of how that influence is gained and exercised in the policy making process.

Published Apr 2016
Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada: Evolving Relationships in a Changing Environment
Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada: Evolving Relationships in a Changing Environment
Edited by Peter R. Elson

The chapters in this collection offer compelling and candid analyses of the realities of nonprofit funding in Western Canada.

Published Mar 2016
Leaders in the Shadows: The Leadership Qualities of Municipal Chief Administrative Officers
Leaders in the Shadows: The Leadership Qualities of Municipal Chief Administrative Officers
By David Siegel

Offering well-rounded accounts of the challenges and opportunities faced by public servants at the municipal level, Leaders in the Shadows is a valuable resource for academics and practitioners alike.

Published Feb 2015
Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change: A Comparative Analysis
Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change: A Comparative Analysis
Edited by Gregory J. Inwood and Carolyn M. Johns

In search of answers, Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change analyses ten landmark inquiries  ranging across a variety of political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, and legal issues.

Published Apr 2014
Deputy Ministers in Canada: Comparative and Jurisdictional Perspectives
Deputy Ministers in Canada: Comparative and Jurisdictional Perspectives
Edited by Jacques Bourgault and Christopher Dunn

This unique volume, which deals with a uniquely significant topic, reviews the role of deputy ministers within government, providing a major new understanding of their responsibilities and interactions at both the federal and provincial levels. 

Published Feb 2014
Politics of Public Money, Second Edition
Politics of Public Money, Second Edition
By David A. Good

David A. Good’s The Politics of Public Money examines the extent to which the Canadian federal budgetary process is shifting from one based on a bilateral relationship between departmental spenders and central guardians to one based on a more complex, multilateral relationship involving a variety of players.

Published Jan 2014
Off and Running: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Government Transitions in Canada
Off and Running: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Government Transitions in Canada
By David Zussman

This book is ideally suited to those seeking an understanding of how government works during one of the most crucial points in its life cycle.

Published Dec 2013