The Nature of Regional Policy Work in Canada's Public Service

Adam Wellstead, Richard C. Stedman, Evert Lindquist


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.


policy capacity; regions

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