Guardian of merit: guardian of mandate : the transfiguration of the Public Service Commission


Delaney, Kathryn L. (Kathryn Lynn)




This thesis identifies some of the factors that have contributed to a shift in the 'agency philosophy' of the Public Service Commission of Canada. The underlying theme is that a shift in values, indicated by recent ideological phenomena; unrealistic staffing practices, which have caused mammoth dissatisfaction in public servants; and, a growing interagency tension, brought about by specific calls for accountability and efficiency by the government; lead to a reconsideration of institutional configurations in the federal public service personnel management system.

A number of hypotheses relating to organization - environment interactions are formulated and the conclusion is drawn that the Public Service Commission's image of 'impartial arbiter' is becoming an increasingly important device for fostering the Public Service Commission's survival.


Canada. Public Service Commission
Civil Service -- Canada -- Personnel Management
Civil Service Reform




Carleton University

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Public Administration

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Theses and Dissertations

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