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Governance Resources

The IOG Governance Resources page is a digital collation of sources related to the practice and study of governance accessible to all. This list is updated regularly to reflect emerging trends in Canada and around the world.

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Primary Texts

The following is a list of primary documents that are relevant to governance in Canada and elsewhere.  Primary documents are those that are created directly for the purpose of governing and are, themselves, governing tools. For example, among the items listed here are the respective cabinet manuals that apply in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. These documents help to bring clarity to the laws, rules, and constitutional conventions that apply to the operation of government. Canada does not have a cabinet manual, but Open and Accountable Government is a similar type of document.

The Constitution Acts, 1867- 1982

The Federalist Papers

America’s Founding Documents

Government Manuals

Cabinet Manuals

Open and Accountable Government

Secondary Texts

The following is a collection of scholarly publications, media reports, and other commentaries relevant to the topic of governance. This list is focused primarily on Canada but includes some documents related to other jurisdictions. We group them according to sub-theme for ease of reference. This is not a comprehensive list of sources. We will continue to add to these lists as we become aware of relevant publications, and we welcome suggestions for sources to include.

1. Parliamentary Democracy and Governance

Bost, Marc and Andre Gagnon. 2017. “House of Commons Procedure and Practice, 3rd Edition.”  Available at:

Canadian Parliamentary Review. Available at:

Responsible Government (Parliament of Canada, date unknown)

Reforming the Vote of Confidence: A Role for the Speaker in the Standing Orders (Canadian Parliamentary Review, 2023)

Women’s political representation, good governance and human development (Mechkova et al, 2022)

    2. Disinformation, Populism, and Governance.

    Government of Canada. 2024. Countering Disinformation: A Guidebook for Public Servants. Available at: Countering Disinformation: A Guidebook for Public Servants – Democratic Institutions –

    House of Commons. 2019. “Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report.” Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee. Available at:

    Place matters: Analyzing the roots of political distrust and Brexit narratives at a local level (Osuna et al, 2021)

    Compliance with government policies during emergencies: Trust, participation and protective actions (Mizrahi et al, 2022)

    The public, the pandemic, and the public service: The case of Alberta (Wesley and Ribeiro, 2024)

    Fatal remedies. How dealing with policy conflict can backfire in a context of trust-erosion (Wolf and Dooren, 2021)

    When blame avoidance backfires: Responses to performance framing and outgroup scapegoating during the COVID-19 pandemic (Porumbescu et al, 2022)

    Penal Populism and the Public Thermostat: Crime, Public Punitiveness, and Public Policy (Jennings et al, 2016)

      3. Collaborative Governance

      Clement, Fiona and Michael Law. 2024. “National Pharmacare: Laying the Groundwork.” Institute for Research on Public Policy. Available at:

      The Future of Canadian Federalism (Canadian Study of Parliament Group, 1990)

      Federalism in Canada (Canada, 2021)

      “We have a very colonial way of thinking…”: Ontario municipalities’ climate collaborations with Indigenous Peoples (Gillis, 2023)

      Measuring accountability in interlocal agreements between Indigenous and local governments (Spicer et al, 2023)

      Deliberating with purpose: Deliberative civic engagement for health policy (Massie, 2023)

      How well do participatory governance arrangements serve political leadership? (Winsvold and Vabo, 2023)

      Reversing delegation? Politicization, de-delegation, and non-majoritarian institutions (Thatcher et al, 2022)

        4. The Future of Public Service Work

        Government of Canada. 2023. “Deputy Ministers’ Task Team on Values and Ethics Report to the Clerk of the Privy Council.” Available at:

        Government of Canada. 2024. “Guide on the use of Generative AI.” Available at:

        OECD. 2020. “The Future of Work in the Public Service.”Available at:

        Institute for Government. 2024. “Power with Purpose: Final Report of the Commission on the Centre of Government.” Available at:

        Public Service in Canada post-COVID-19 pandemic: Transitioning to hybrid work and its implementation challenges (Gintova, 2024)

        Government of Canada’s teleworking and hybrid policies in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic (Champagne et al, 2023)

        “@Government There’s a pothole in my street!”: Canadian citizens’ adoption choices of social media use in citizen-government relations, Homburg and Moody, 2021)

        Regulating the wild west? Management consulting reform in Canadian government (Zaman et al, 2023)

        Digital era open government and democratic governance: The case of Government of Canada Wikipedia editing (Clarke and Dubois, 2020)

        The Open Government Guidebook (Canada, 2023)

          5. Public Governance Frameworks

          OECD. 2018. “Draft Policy Framework on Sound Public Governance.” Available at:

          Good Governance Institute. 2019. “Modern Governance in the Public Sector: The First Report from the National Commission on the Future of Governance in the Public Sector.” Available at:

          International Framework: Good Governance in the Public Sector (IFAC and CIPFA, 2014)

          Governance frameworks (Deloitte, 2022)

          Social policy responsiveness in multilevel contexts: How vertical diffusion of competences affects the opinion-policy link (Peters, 2021)

            6. Science and Innovation Governance

            Governance of science, technology and innovation for crisis and recovery (OECD, 2021)

            Governing beyond the project: Refocusing innovation governance in emerging science and technology funding (Smith et al, 2023)

            Data Governance as Success Factor for Data Science (Hattingh et al, 2020)

            Big Data Governance Needs More Collective Responsibility: The Role of Harm Mitigation in the Governance of Data Use in Medicine and Beyond (McMahon et al, 2019)

            Pandemic Governance (Wang and Weinstein-Tull, 2022)

            Pandemics, privacy, and public health research (Bernier and Knoppers, 2020)

            COVID-19 and the Data Governance Gap (Austin, 2023)

            Governance and Public Health Decision-Making During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Scoping Review (Asthana, 2024)

            The Public Health Governance of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Bibliometric Analysis (Yang and Qi, 2022)