A Review of "An Introduction to Canada’s Public Services" Frank McGilly’s An Introduction to Canada’s Public Services (1998) presents a broad survey of Canada’s national social welfare system at the end of the twentieth century. This paper will critically explore McGilly’s text both within the author’s stated parameters and objectives for the text, as well as in the broader context of its relevance to an understanding of public administration in Canada. As will be seen, while this text represents an admirable survey of Canada’s public social services system, its balanced between description and analysis is too heavily weighted towards the former. Moreover, given the heavily descriptive nature of McGilly’s text, its level of citation and...The end:
.....uthor’s conclusion – that it “would be a serious mistake to weaken the state’s capacity to manage welfare” (McGilly 1998, p.268) – cannot be said to be supported by the text. While the text gives excellent background data and detail on the development of Canada’s social policy and programs to the end of the millennium, it lacks the sustained analytical effort required to maintain a cohesive argument. Thus, while the book promised – in its subtitle – an “understanding” of Canada’s social programs and policy, it may be argued that it never truly fulfils on this promise. References McGilly, F. (1998). An introduction to Canada’s public social services: Understanding income and health programs – Second edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.