For several decades, the Canadian federal government has been the subject of many
administrative reforms whose nature, scale and resources vary considerably. The frequency of
these reforms increased considerably during the 1990s, although political stability on the federal
level was particularly high at the time. By using the normativity-governmentality dynamic as a
heuristic model, this article focuses on the Public Service Modernization Act (PSMA) to better
understand the effects of the transformation of norms on the modes of interactions and power
relationships between actors, institutions and social groups in the Canadian public service
The Canadian federal government and normativity transformations: towards a reconfiguration of governmentality in Canada?