Scheming virtuously

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Scheming virtuously: the road to collaborative governance

The author has been researching and writing about governance issues for forty years and this book is a systematic journey through our perplexing and frustrating experiences with governance failures, and the alternatives which show promise. Gilles Paquet challenges Statist assumptions and presents the alternative paradigm of collaborative governance. Imagine a world where no one is in charge! That may be our future, whether we want it or not.

For those interested in the practical implications for the world of public management of the new perspectives developed in this book, please visit where Nicholas Charney and Mike Mangulabnan have developed Scheming Virtuously – A Handbook for Public Servants as a reaction to a Summer 2008 lecture given by Gilles Paquet, who invited them to become “subversive virtuous schemers”.

Key Ideas:

  • The genealogy of a manière de voir
  • Early probing
    Ill-structured problems and experimental intelligence
    MRI for an arterio-sclerotic socio-economy
    Questioning assumptions
    State-centricity as dogma
    Solidarity organizations as under-rated option
    Stewardship versus leadership
    Federalism as social technology
    An informational view of the regulatory process
    An agenda for change in the federal public service
    Scheming Virtuously: the road to collaborative governance
    Informational and learning perspectives
    Lamberton’s road to the information and learning economy
    Evolutionary cognitive economics: provisional framework
    Guideposts on the road to collaborative governance

Some quotations from the book:

“The central question of governance is design.”

What readers have said:

Gilles Paquet is the Marshal McLuhan of governance…

This Quebec City native has a taste for controversy. Among the more than 40 books that he was written or edited is Oublier la révolution tranquille, published in 1999, in which he disputed the beneficent effects of Quebec’s social revolution in the post-Duplessis years of the 1960s.

If, after a dispersed national conversation about a moral contract, Canadians of all origins decided that there were certain Canadian values and practices that would remain for the moment bedrock, then Canada would be in the state of “interculturalism,” Mr. Paquet says. And that is the situation in Quebec, which insists upon, among other things, the primacy of the French language.

Gilles Paquet has published a large number of books and scholarly articles on governance. He has been Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at Carleton University and Dean of the School of Management at the University of Ottawa. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus, associated with the Centre on Governance and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is a senior partner in Invenire and is also editor-in-chief of, a publication specializing in governance issues.

Scheming Virtuously: the road to collaborative governance Quality paperback 2009, 6 x9” 300pp,

ISBN: 978-0-9813931-0-0 $27.95

distributor’s EAN: 9780889701311

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