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Off and Running: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Government Transitions in Canada [Paperback]

David Zussman

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Dec 13 2013 Institute of Public Administration of Canada Series in Public Management and Governance

One of the most pivotal events in the electoral cycle is the transition of a newly elected political party from opposition to government. The incoming prime minister or premier must assemble a team of ministers, advisors, and staff that is competent and ready to govern, without disrupting the day-to-day functioning of their country or province.

Off and Running sets the stage for successful transitions by describing the best practices from Canadian federal government transitions from 1984 to the present day. It draws on a number of sources: the author’s own career in public affairs, including his significant role in the transitions of both Chrétien governments in 1993 and 1997; extensive interviews with more than forty key individuals in the last eleven federal government transitions; and the international literature on government transitions, public administration, and management.

Zussman goes step-by-step through the transition process from the pre-election stage to transition planning all the way to implementation and consolidation of the new government. 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.


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‘An academic work that will be prized as a practical guide by both politicians and government executives.’ (Harvey Schachter)

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Off and Running is destined to be an important work in the field of public administration because David Zussman has combined his ‘real world’ experience in the actual planning and implementation of transitions with his conceptual and analytical understanding of government. His extensive use of real-world materials – strategic memoranda and policy agendas – all prepared in real time for real clients – prime ministers, ministers, and senior officials – makes it an especially good read. The result is an insightful, informative, and engaging book that provides the reader with a front seat for the premiere viewing of a feature length story of government transition.”
(David A. Good, Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria)

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