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2016 Public Governance Survey: Institute on Governance/Environics Institute

In an increasingly volatile world, Canada is a comparative oasis of peace, order, and good government. Where other countries may be seeking radical reform of their existing political orders, as suggested by the Brexit referendum in the UK and the rise of Donald Trump in the US, Canadians appear to be seeking incremental reforms to a system they believe to be functioning reasonably well. Where citizens in other countries may be radically disillusioned by their public institutions, Canadians on the… Read more

Democratic Reform in Canada: Online Voting, Referenda, and the Governance Ecosystem #ERRE

Maryantonett Flumian, President of the IOG, appeared before Canada’s Special Committee on Electoral Reform alongside Profs. Dennis Pilon and Jonathan Rose on July 28th, 2016. The trio were asked to provide expert testimony to the committee as it reflects on electoral reform in Canada and examines the viability of alternatives to the first-past-the-post system, as well as other means of enhancing the democratic process such as mandatory voting and online voting. Discussion was lively and committee members were engaged and… Read more

Digital Governance: Rethinking the Role of Government in an Era of Disruption

Governments must recognize that their institutions, bureaucracies and policy frameworks designed for the 19th and 20th centuries are no longer meeting the needs of the 21st. The digital era represents an exponential shift in the pace of social, political and economic transformation. How governments respond to the radical changes brought on by the sharing economy and other digital age innovations will be a litmus test for the continued relevance of governing institutions, as well as their legitimacy and authority in… Read more

Digital Governance: Rethinking the Role of Government in an Era of Disruption

Power & Influence, Spring 2016, pp. 66-68. “Rather than burying their heads in the sand, governments should
seize
the opportunity to provide the leadership that the digital revolution requires.” Governments must recognize that their institutions, bureaucracies and policy frameworks designed for the 19th and 20th centuries are no longer meeting the needs of the 21st. The digital era represents an exponential shift in the pace of social, political and economic transformation. How governments respond to the radical changes brought on by the… Read more

Westminster Meets Digital: Are We Up to the Challenge?

Policy: Canadian Politics and Policy, March-April 2016, pp. 24-25 In Canada as elsewhere, governments are struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of social and cultural change – especially change associated with the rise of digital culture and technology. Digital governance may well be the most significant challenge facing governing institutions in the coming years – in a context where information knows no boundaries, power is dispersed and authority and accountability need to be reconceived. Is Canada up to… Read more

Defining Westminster Democracy for the Digital Era

Canada is evolving: government must do the same… Westminster parliamentary democracies like Canada’s are widely credited with a high capacity to adapt to changing societal needs. Their ability to adapt to the realities of a digital society is putting this claim to the test in Canada. Westminster was not designed with the digital era in mind. As we like to put it at the Institute on Governance, “Two forces – digital and governance – are meeting like tectonic plates, shifting… Read more

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