Welcome to Thinking Government

This website, a collaborative effort between David Johnson and Alana Lawrence, complements the fourth edition of Thinking Government: Public Administration and Politics in Canada, giving students access to up-to-date information on Canadian governments and governance and providing helpful resources.

Comments, queries, and advice are always welcome. Please contact UTP Higher Education with feedback or suggestions.

Use the Chapter Guide to find the following features
for each chapter:

  • a summary
  • an extension section: case studies and white papers not included in the text and extensions of text topics to provide more in-depth coverage or examples
  • study questions
  • a quiz
  • downloadable extras: PDF files of tables and figures
  • key terms
  • web links


The site also contains a bonus chapter on administrative law, a crucial but complex topic that goes beyond the basics of the curriculum for those serious about pursuing public administration careers.

Keep up to date by visiting the Strategic Reports section for discussion of events and issues in Canadian politics since the textbook was published.

This site is your jumping-off point for classroom study and research projects on Canadian government, public administration, and public sector management.

Comments, queries, and advice are always welcome. Please contact UTP Higher Education with feedback or suggestions.