Canadian Forest Service Publications
The nature of regional policy work in Canada's federal public service. 2009. Wellstead, A.M.; Stedman, R.C.; Lindquist, E.A. Canadian Political Science Review 3(1): 34-56.
Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 30805
This paper compares rank and file policy-based Canadian federal government employees both in the National Capital Region and in the regions. Data was collected from an online survey, the results find a number of significant differences between the two groups in terms of demographics, tasks, and attitudes. We conclude that regional oriented policy tasks are carried out by a relatively few number of people and this group is, at best, on the margins of what could be considered to policy work. These differences may have a significant impact on the federal government's overall policy capacity.