A new way of visualizing the IOG Governance Continuum
Auteurs: Todd Cain
Our Governance Continuum continues to win converts with its descriptive and analytical power. As we’ve shared it more widely in our leadership programs, speaking engagements and advisory work, leaders across the broader public sector have gained a much more systemic understanding of power and relationships in the modern public sector. They’ve understood some of the sources of friction between players and, critically, learned strategies to work more effectively across the public sector.
Like a lot of things, much of modern public governance is about trying to have our cake and eat it to. We want institutions that are deeply specialized, but can still understand the larger agenda. We want agencies that act independently, but not too independently. We want crown corporations that act with commercial instincts, but still meet public sector norms of behaviour. The Continuum helps unpack these issues and map out the respective accountabilities across the system.
With so much insight packed into one model, we’ve developed an infographic to guide leaders through the key ideas we used to build the Governance Continuum – integrating horizontal and vertical views of government, looking at policy function, balancing institutional and less formal relationships.
Check it out and let us know what you think, and for more information on the Public Governance Exchange, check out our PGEx page.
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