First Ministers, Cabinet, and the Public Service

Donald J. Savoie

in The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195335354
Published online September 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

First Ministers, Cabinet, and the Public Service


This article explores how the relationship among the prime minister, the cabinet, and public service has evolved and developed in the recent years. It also aims to identify the forces that have shaped and molded these transformations. The article begins by examining the growing power of the prime minister and central agencies, specifically the Prime Minister's Office (MPO). It then proceeds to discuss the cabinet, how it has transformed into more than a focus group, and why it no longer directs the work of the government. The article concludes with a discussion on public service and the transformations in the role of public service.

Keywords: prime minister; cabinet; public service; power; Prime Minister's Office; government

Article.  7909 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics

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