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    CPSA Students Caucus Meeting

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Workshop: The Official Languages Act at 50
    Le 50e anniversaire de la Loi sur les langues officielles

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Reception: Department of Political Science
    University of British Columbia

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Canadian Political Science Association
    2019 Annual Conference Programme


    Hosted at the University of British Columbia
    Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6, 2019
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    Presidential Address:
    François Rocher, CPSA President

    Life and Death of an Issue:
    Canadian Political Science and
    Quebec Politics

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 05:00pm to 06:00pm
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    Keynote: UBCIC Grand
    Chief Stewart Phillip

    Asserting Indigenous
    Title and Rights in 2019

    Location: CIRS 1250
    June 04, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Wendy Brown
    In the Ruins of Neoliberalism:
    Our Predicaments:
    the Rise of Anti-democratic
    Politics in the West

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 02:00pm to 03:30pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Roland Paris
    Canada Alone?
    Surviving in a Meaner World

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm

CPSA/CAPPA section on Public Administration

K12 - Roundtable: The Public Servant's Role in Canadian Democracy I

Date: Jun 5 | Time: 02:00pm to 03:30pm | Location: SWING 109

Chair/Président/Présidente : Jared Wesley (University of Alberta)

Brendan Boyd (MacEwan University)
Laura Stephenson (Western University)
Jean-Francois Savard (École nationale d'administration publiqye)
Isabelle Caron (Dalhousie University)
Ken Rasmussen (University of Regina)

Abstract: Many politicians and citizens have pointed views about the public sector. Its size, cost, and reach are topics of heated debate, pitting big-state progressives against small-government conservatives. “Bureaucracy bashing” has been common in western countries. Recent surges in populist rhetoric in Canada, the U.S., and Europe, have painted the public service as an elite institution contributing to an unresponsive, unproductive, even undemocratic system. Beyond these high-level, left-versus-right debates, the precise function of public servants in Canadian democracy is less refined. In particular, little is known about how bureaucrats, themselves, view their role in 21st Century Canadian democracy. The proposed set of two roundtables is designed to stimulate thought around the position of public servants in Canadian government and politics. Codes of conduct and ethics, and values and missions statements, provide general guidelines for public service behaviour. Yet, these documents remain silent on the important part public servants play outside their boardrooms and cubicles, and in the broader Canadian society and democracy. Just what purpose do public servants see themselves serving? The two roundtables bring together Canada’s top experts in the fields of democratic governance and public administration. The ultimate goal is to formulate a SSHRC Insight Grant proposal to survey federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, and Indigenous public servants about their perceptions of democracy and their role within it. The resulting study would be the first of its kind in Canada and Westminster parliamentary democracies.

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