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Made in Nunavut

An Experiment in Decentralized Government

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Made in Nunavut

An Experiment in Decentralized Government

After years of negotiation, the territory of Nunavut was established in Canada’s Eastern and Central Arctic on April 1, 1999. Made in Nunavut provides the first behind-the-scenes account of the planning that led to this remarkable achievement. The authors, leading authorities on the politics of the Canadian Arctic, pay particular attention to the Government of Nunavut’s innovative organizational design – especially the decentralization of offices and functions to communities across the territory. They explain how this new government was designed and implemented, and critically assess whether decentralization has delivered “better” government for Nunavut.

392 pages


Table of Contents

Preface

1 Introduction

2 The Literature and Experience of Decentralization in Canada

3 The Land, the Claim, and the Act

4 The Players and Their Interactions

5 The Decentralization Initiative: January 1994–December 1995

6 Solidifying the Plan: January 1996–April 1997

7 Achieving the Impossible: April 1997–April 1, 1999

8 Additional Design and Implementation Issues

9 Implementing Decentralization

10 Decentralization Evaluated

11 Conclusion

Notes

Index

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