Alberta's Influence In Strategic Communications in Canadian Public Administration
Simon J. Kiss
published: 2012 | Research publication | Political Communication
This paper argues that demands for citizen participation and transparency is an under-examined force that has contributed to governments across Canada assigning a greater importance to strategic, professional communications practices within the field of public administration. This is argued by examining the the Alberta case under Premier Ralph Klein, a provincial administration that made reforms to its government communications bureaucracy which have been widely studied and copied by other provincial governments. The case study shows how citizen demands for widespread transparency and participation in Alberta required a centralized and more politically sensitive communications agency within the government of Alberta.
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