Ugland, Trygve
March 2014
Journal of Eastern Townships Studies / Revue d'études des Canto;Spring2014, Issue 42, p11
Academic Journal
Government action is normally perceived as problem-solving where the overriding objective is to solve problems and produce substantive improvements in the way policy issues are addressed. This view is based on a rational model of decision-making which posits that searches for new solutions commence with problems, i.e. when performance falls below aspirations. However, this essay focuses on what can be referred to as an anomaly in the relationship between public attention towards domestic policy issues and the activities of government: solution-driven reform processes, rather than problem-driven reform processes. This essay argues from a perspective of political science and organization theory that the Quebec Charter of Values which was tabled by the Government of Quebec in November 2013 contains elements of what James G. March and Johan P. Olsen theoretically have described as "solutions looking for problems, ideologies looking for soap boxes, pet projects looking for supporters, and people looking for jobs, reputations, and entertainment."


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