Professional Development Information
How Government Works
Learn how the many levels of government operate and interact, and gain a better understanding of how to work more efficiently within or with government.
How Government Works helps to demystify government processes by giving participants an understanding of the components of the major branches of democratic government, such as the executive, the legislature, the judiciary and the bureaucracy and how they work together. This seminar is not only valuable for those who work in government but also for anyone who works in partnership with government.
The seminar is interactive and uses a variety of learning methods including multimedia lectures that include humour, integrate current events, and encourage audience participation. There is also a guest presentation, participant discussion and regular small work group analysis which provide the opportunity to learn from each others experience and knowledge. Sharing insights will help participants better understand the relative advantages and disadvantages of theory (how the government ought to work) compared to the local reality (how things are actually happening).
This is a core module in the Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program.
- Enhance your understanding of the public sector operational structure
- Understand internal and external factors that affect the policy development and decision making processes
- Enhance leadership understanding of how government works
- Understand the influence of all levels of government and the public in the policy making process
- Improve decision making within the organization
Who Should Attend
- Leaders and managers in the public sector who wish to enhance their understanding of the political system and the factors that influence policy development and decision making at all levels.
- Leaders and managers in organizations that conduct business with government.
Understand how the political system works at all levels through professional development in:
- Understanding the components of the major branches of democratic government
- Identifying key public policy trends, including current issues, policy decision making and e-government
- Identifying significant factors that shape agenda-setting, policy formulation, and implementation the elements of the policy cycle, such as election campaigns, interest groups and open line radio
- Understanding the stages of the policy process by examining the role between federal/provincial/municipal governments, such as the relationship between political staff, the bureaucracy and citizens
Continuing Education Contact Hours: 14