Managing Modern Government


This course looks at managing government through the lens of various organizational forms and managerial approaches. It will explore the intricacies of government partnerships with notable attention to private enterprise and civil society relationships. Finally, the course will critically analyze the role and behaviour of micro-level actors embedded in government such as the professional, ethnic minorities, and women.

Lectures and Readings

1. The Concept of the Organization [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • Blau, P.M. (1965) “The Comparative Study of Organizations”, Industrial and Labor Relations Review 18(3): 323-338.

  • Lawrence, P.R. and J.W. Lorsch (1967) “Differentiation and Integration in Complex Organizations”, Administrative Science Quarterly 12(1): 1-47.

2. Bureaucracy and the Notion of Rationality [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • Hopfl, H.M. (2006) “Post-Bureaucracy and Weber’s ‘Modern’ Bureaucrat”, Journal of Organizational Change Management 19(1): 8-21.

3. Scientific Management [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • Taylor, F.W. (1911) The Principles of Scientific Management.

4. Human Relations School [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • Etzioni, A. (1958) “Human Relations and the Foreman”, Pacific Sociological Review 1(1): 33-38.

  • Sonnefeld, J.A. (1985) “Shedding Light on the Hawthorne Studies”, Journal of Occupational Behaviour 6(2): 111-130.

5. The Institutional School [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • Meyer, J.W. and B. Rowan (1977) “Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony”, American Journal of Sociology 83(2): 340-363.

  • DiMaggio, P. and W.W. Powell (1983) “The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational”, American Sociological Review 48(2): 147-160.

6. Organizational Ecology [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • Hannan, M.T. and J. Freemand (1977) “The Population Ecology of Organizations”, American Journal of Sociology 82(5): 929-964.

  • Gerhart, G. (2009) “How Much Does National Culture Constrain Organizational Culture?”, Management and Organization Review 5(2): 241-259.

7. Conceptualizing Power and Partnerships [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • Weber, M. (1914) The Types of Legitimate Domination.

8. Government-Private Enterprise Relationships I [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • Rizopoulos, Y.A. and Sergakis, D.E. (2010) “MNEs and Policy Networks: Institutional Embeddedness and Strategic Choice”, Journal of World Business 45(3): 250-256.

  • Dang, Q.T., Jasovska, P. and Rammal, H.G. (2020) “International Business-Government Relations: The Risk Management Strategies of MNEs in Emerging Economies”, Journal of World Business 55(1): 101042.

  • Hasmath, R. and Hsu, J. (2007) “Big Business, NGOs and Labour Standards in Developing Nations: A Critical Reflection”, Asian Journal of Social Policy 3(1): 1-16. [audio paper: video and podcast]

9. Government-Private Enterprise Relationships II [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • Wang, H. Xiong, W., Wu, G. and Zhu, D. (2018) “Public-Private Partnership in Public Administration Discipline: A Literature Review”, Public Management Review 20(2): 293-316.

  • Keers, B.B.M. and van Fenema, P.C. (2018) “Managing Risks in Public-Private Partnership Formation Projects”, International Journal of Project Management 36(6): 861-875.

10. Government-NGO Relationships I [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • Gazley, B. and J.L. Brudney (2007) “The Purpose (and Peril) of Government Nonprofit Partnership”, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 36: 389-415.

  • Young, D.R. (2000) “Alternative Models of Government-Nonprofit Sector Relations, Theoretical and International Perspectives”, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 29: 149-172.

  • Hasmath, R., Hildebrandt, T. and Hsu, J. (2019) “Conceptualizing Government-Organized Non-Governmental Organizations”, Journal of Civil Society 15(3): 267-284. [audio paper: video and podcast]

11. Government-NGO Relationships II [video] [podcast] [handout]

12. The Innovative Policymaker [video] [podcast] [handout]

13. The Professional [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • Leicht, K.T. and M.L. Fennell (1997) “The Changing Organizational Context of Professional Work”, Annual Review of Sociology 23: 215-231.

  • Svarre, T. and Lykke, M. (2014) “Professional E-Government Seeking Behaviour”, Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

14. The Ethnic Minority [video] [podcast] [handout]

15. The Gender Perspective [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • D’Agostino, M.J. (2014) “The Difference that Women Make: Government Performance and Women-Led Agencies”, Administration and Society 47(5): 532-548.

  • Taylor-Robinson, M.M. Bjarnegard, E., Hernandez, G., Robinson, F., Shockley, B. and Zetterberg, P. (2015) “Women in Government: An Experimental Study of Attitudes About Governing Ability”, Paper Presented at European Conference on Politics and Gender (Uppsala, Sweden).

16. Future Prospects [video] [podcast] [handout]

  • Kalleberg, A.L. (2000) “Nonstandard Employment Relations: Part-Time, Temporary and Contract Work”, Annual Review of Sociology 26: 341-365.

  • Hasmath, R., Ho. B. and Kay-Reid, S. (2020) “State Apologies and the Rehumanization of Social Groups”, Paper Presented at Workshop on Ethics, Rights, Culture and the Humanization of Refugees (Edmonton, Canada), February 7-8. [public talk: video and podcast]