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Maurice Henrie

Former federal bureaucrat, author of The Mandarin Syndrome: The Secret Life of Senior Bureaucrats (1996, University of Ottawa Press)


Among the mandarinate [government mandarins], dignity and certainty are diseases, pathological states, as are leprosy or herpes. They will not kill you, of course, but they make life miserable, and are a constant menace to others.

Jul. 8, 1996 - quoted in "Anatomy of the mandarinate", a review of the Mandarin Syndrome, published in Alberta Report
The integrity of the mandarinate [government mandarins] is like the yeti. Everyone talks about it, but no one can offer an eye witness account.

Jul. 8, 1996 - quoted in "Anatomy of the mandarinate", a review of the Mandarin Syndrome, published in Alberta Report
To achieve take-off, the senior bureaucrat's mind requires a strong headwind. A drawback due not so much to overloading as to problems in the basic design.

Jul. 8, 1996 - quoted in "Anatomy of the mandarinate", a review of the Mandarin Syndrome, published in Alberta Report