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International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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Public management in an age of complexity: regional economic development in Canada


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Title:Public management in an age of complexity: regional economic development in Canada
Author(s):Charles Conteh, (Department of Political Science, Brock University, St Catharines, Canada)
Citation:Charles Conteh, (2012) "Public management in an age of complexity: regional economic development in Canada", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 25 Iss: 6/7, pp.464 - 472
Keywords:Canada, Decentralization, Decentralized control, Globalization, Innovation, Public administration, Public management, Regional economic development
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09513551211260649 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – This paper aims to analyze the opportunities and challenges of public policy governance in industrialized democracies in the context of a globally integrated economy on the one hand and institutional decentralization on the other. The implications of these transitions suggest the need for horizontal collaboration and coordination between policy stakeholders (domestic and international) as well as among agencies across various levels of government. The case of regional economic development policy governance in Canada over the past two decades illustrates some of the complexities of public, private and community partnerships in policy governance as the country seeks to maintain and enlarge its niche in the global economy.

Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected through content analysis of policy and program documents relating to regional economic development in Canada, as well as in-depth interviews of about 15 public officials directly involved in the administration of the policy.

Findings – The comparative analysis of regional economic development policy governance in two Canadian provinces over the past two decades illustrates some of the complexities of public, private and community partnerships in policy governance as the country seeks to maintain and enlarge its niche in the global economy.

Originality/value – The paper is based on an original research undertaken by the author and raises critical questions about the changing context of public management in an age of increasing globalization of economies and societies. It also addresses the distinct challenges of managing multi-level systems in the face of the added complexities brought about by global integration.



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