Opening the Government of Canada

Additional NOTES

Amanda Clarke, the author of this book, published an article in the March 2021 issue of Policy Options: One year into pandemic, federal digital government is largely business as usual

Opening the Government of Canada: The Federal Bureaucracy in the Digital Age

By Amanda Clarke


February 23, 2021


Neil Bouwer
Vice President, Canada School of Public Service


Book Description

Opening the Government of Canada presents a compelling case for a more open model of governance in the digital age – but a model that also continues to uphold democratic principles at the heart of the Westminster system. Amanda Clarke details the untold story of the federal bureaucracy’s efforts to adapt to digital-age pressures from the mid-2000s onward. This book reveals the mismatch between the closed government traditions of bureaucracy and evolving citizen expectations and digital tools. Striking a balance between reform and tradition, lays out a roadmap for building a democratically robust, digital-era federal government.