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Jul 2011 | THE JULY 2011 ISSUE

Policy Opinions of Canada’s Top Public Service Leaders
BRYAN EVANS, JANET M. LUM, & JOHN SHIELDS, RYERSON UNIVERSITY

The relationship between the background composition of public servants and administrative and public policy outcomes has long been a matter of conjecture. Some insist that background profiles may actively inform values, administrative decisions, and organizational performance. Others propose that values and attitudes that are assumed to attend a given background may well diminish through organizational and career co-option. To what extent do background characteristics matter in getting the job done among deputy ministers (DMs) and assistant deputy ministers (ADMs) who hold pivotal leadership positions within the governance structures of the Canadian state?

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