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At the Centre of Government ✻ [EPUB] ✰ At the Centre of Government By Ian Brodie ❅ – Canada's prime minister is a dictator The Sun King of Canadian government More powerful than any other chief executive of any other democratic country These kinds of claims are freuently made about Ca Canada's prime minister is Centre of ePUB ☆ a dictator The Sun King of Canadian government More powerful than any other chief executive of any other democratic country These kinds of claims are freuently made about Canada's leader – especially when the prime minister's party holds a majority government in Parliament But is there any truth to these arguments At the Centre of Government not only presents a comprehensively researched work on the structure of political power in Canada but also At the PDF/EPUB or offers a first hand view of the inner workings of the Canadian federal government Ian Brodie – former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former executive director of the Conservative Party of Canada – argues that the various workings of the Prime Minister's Office the Privy Council Office the cabinet parliamentary committees and the role of backbench members of Parliament undermine propositions that the prime minister has evolved into the role of an autocrat with the Centre of Epub Ü unchecked control over the levers of political power He corrects the dominant thinking that Canadian prime ministers hold power without limits over their party caucus cabinet Parliament the public service and the policy agenda Citing examples from his time in government and from Canadian political history he argues that in Canada's evolving political system with its roots in the pre Confederation era there are effective checks on executive power and that the golden age of Parliament and the backbencher is likely now Drawing on a vast body of work on governance and the role of the executive branch of government At the Centre of Government is a fact based primer on the workings of Canadian government and sobering second thoughts about many proposals for reform.

  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • At the Centre of Government
  • Ian Brodie
  • English
  • 18 August 2016
  • 9780773552906

6 thoughts on “At the Centre of Government

  1. Brahm Brahm says:

    I am almost ashamed to submit the first review for this book to Goodreads it's a lot of pressure Especially for someone not well versed in politics or Canadian history What can I say? It was genuinely interesting read What do you want from a book? Most people can stop reading my review now I learned a lot all about HOW Canadian government works much about WHY it works and much about weak spots both perceived and real according to the author It was a uick read at 179 pages before afterword and referencesThe author's style and tone kept me engaged You know how some books make you want to toss them and others keep you glued to the page? I was glued The Prime Minister does have unuestionable powers in fact the areas they cannot ignore or delegate away are setting fiscal policy Canada's foreign relations the federal government's relationships with the provinces and management of the government's business before parliament but Brodie spends Chapter 3 laying out the reasons why these are inherent to our form of government Brodie spends the rest of the chapters explaining with examples anecdotes history policy and the selection and role of Cabinet the Executive Branch and Parliament making a government agenda and the relationship between PMscaucusespolitical parties One of the most interesting parts of Brodie's book to me was the rebuttal to the Members of Parliament are powerless and the House of Commons is useless argument He explains that MPs have been empowered with powers and privileges over the last few decades Conseuently the rate of assent of private member's bills has skyrocketed in that same period indicating that MPs are in fact empowered to drive change which supports his thesis that the PM does not have dictatorial powers Finally Brodie's role as Chief of Staff to PM Harper provides interesting perspective into some of the stories of the Harper era Want Brodie's take on the 2008 proroguing of parliament the F35 fighter purchase or Bev Oda's orange juice? Grab a copy

  2. Alex Mulligan Alex Mulligan says:

    I had high hopes for this book I’d read a lot of positive reviews from experts in political science and Canadian history so I was slightly ashamed I hadn’t gotten to this book yet Unfortunately it didn’t live up to its expectations Brodie’s experience and expertise is valuable and his overall conclusion is mostly correct I think but the book was slow to read based on anecdotal experience instead of data and was laced with some uestionable assertions I thought the book was relatively thought provoking and I still think it’s worth a read Brodie brings a uniue experience that you rarely get in book on Canadian politics

  3. Jason Jason says:

    It's appalling that McGill ueen's University Press would publish a book so pockmarked with grammatical errors This reads like an uncorrected proof not a finished product Author Brodie must be livid And the publisher must be ashamed What should be a solid three star book cannot advance from such sloppy and shoddy editing

  4. Blake Oliver Blake Oliver says:

    A friend bought this for me for my birthday I found myself agreeing with Brodie's thesis often than not and his two lenses an academic on one hand and a chief of staff on the other make for a uniue perspective Definitely only read this if you are really interested in responsible government in Canada

  5. Chand Sooran Chand Sooran says:

    Outstanding look at the Canadian parliamentary system from a political scientist who was at the very heart of government in practice Very uniue perspective and one that refutes the conventional wisdom of the relationship between the Canadian executive and the people’s elected representatives

  6. L L says:

    Everyone knows a Canadian Prime Minister especially when they lead a majority has near unlimited power to control cabinet and the apparatus of government Right? Ian Brodie's book offers another view informed by his firsthand experience working in government Ian's exploration of the checks and balances that constrain the executive branch is informative and refreshing for students of practical politics while also presenting well researched arguments suitable for academic readers Best of all it's an entertaining read with lots of memorable anecdotes from the first few years of the Harper government

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