Executive Perspectives on Balance in Oversight and Accountability

The Institute on Governance (IOG) is working to facilitate a dialogue on the evolving balance in accountability and oversight, reporting burden and the relationship between Agents of Parliament and the public service. The superstructure of rules, oversight and independent “guardians” has been growing since Program Review and HRDC’s grants and contributions controversy. Many of the resultant institutional arrangements and policy instruments are reaching a point of maturity. Several years into this focus on public accountability, now is a good time… Read more

The standing committee system and how Members of Parliament view its work

This paper is a discussion of the current state of the Parliamentary standing committee system. The findings are based on a survey conducted in April, 2010. The survey was sent to the members of six standing committees, a total of 73 Members of Parliament (MPs). 32 Members of Parliament responded, including 15 members of the government and 17 members from the opposition. Based on the findings of this survey, we observe that there is a slight disconnect between the most… Read more

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