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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press (May 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773537589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773537583
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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"Donald Savoie advances the study of political power by considering vital issues in contemporary Western democracies, while providing excellent insights in an engaging style. This is an ambitious undertaking and will spark a necessary debate." -Peter Aucoin, Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University

"An astute and accomplished specialist of government, Donald Savoie has one of the most comprehensive understandings of our system of government. The extensive conversations with senior government and private sector officials included in this book are helpful and revealing. Power offers pertinent reflections on how democracy has evolved in this age of public distrust, globalization, and world-market economy." -Robert Asselin, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

About the Author

Donald J. Savoie holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance and is a professor of public administration at Université de Moncton.

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Power is the latest in a long line of very well written, quality books ostensibly about Canadian government by the prolific and thoughtful author, Donald J. Savoie.

Savoie knows of what he writes. A former senior public servant in the Canadian system, he is now a respected professor at the University of Moncton and is of noted influence through his large number of writings on Public Administration.

In his newest book, "Power, where is it?" Savoie continues a successful and thoughtful deliberation on how the Canadian political system actually works.
This book is not really about power per se, but it is much more about where has power been in the Canadian political system, where it is now, what are the sources of power and where it is going. For people outside of "the system", this kind of intellectualisation would be pretty dull.

For those of us who are students of Canadian politics and involved in the system, this is gripping stuff and pretty useful. I must commend him for taking on a very challenging subject, as there are few more nebulous topics than who really has power in a complex system like Canadian government and the other leading Anglo-American Democracies like Britain and the United States.

His interpretation of where power lies right now is an incredibly valid, timely and useful analysis.

In Canada, Power has become more concentrated in the Prime Minister and his key advisors in the Canadian system. Parliament, caucus and the Cabinet have fallen in influence. Savoie explains why. He cites increasing complexity in government and the suffocating complexity of any program or process so that only very powerful individuals have the ability to bend the system to their will.
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The concentration of power into the hands of individuals combined with the loss of influence of organizations meant to serve the interest of the
Larger public is a crisis that has gone un-noticed to the peril of our democracy. Really interesting subject matter and a ton of supporting examples but gets repetitive towards the last third of the book.
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Great insightful painting of all facets of modern day society and how it functions.Savoie 's knownledge of how all sectors of government and business interact in a interdependent global world each vying for locus of power is very enlightening and thought provoking.Read this book is time well spent