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The IOG publishes both commissioned and uncommissioned work, including opinion articles, reports, thought pieces and discussion papers, analyses on opinion research, case studies, press releases, and academic journal articles.

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Democracy and Public Service in Changing Times: Citizen Interaction with the Evolving Centre of Government

Policy PaperBy Mark Robbins & Karl SalgoOn November 21, 2018

There are different theories about how “the centre” of government relates to other state and legislative institutions. The most popular comes from Donald Savoie, who suggests that a growing concentration of power at “the centre” detracts...

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How to "Hack" an Election: Red Flags for 2019

EditorialBy Mark Robbins & Karl SalgoOn April 19, 2018

Canada has enjoyed relative stability at a time where frantic politics and flawed elections abound among our peer countries. While malicious interference by foreign rivals has garnered the most media attention, the underlying trends...

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Peace, Order and Good Government: A Primer

Resources By Mark Robbins & Karl SalgoOn December 12, 2017

One of the most significant phrases of the Canadian constitution is "Peace, Order, and Good Government", also known simply as "POGG", which outlines the residuary powers of the federal government. Due to its wide-reaching implications for...

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Harper’s Accountability Act, ten years on...

EditorialBy Maryantonett Flumian & Karl SalgoOn July 18, 2016

Did it clean up government? Or did it merely make public servants more risk averse? When the government of Stephen Harper took office on February 6, 2006, “accountability” defined the spirit of the times. The prime minister renamed his...

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Westminster Meets Digital: Are We Up to the Challenge?

EditorialBy Davide Cargnello & Karl SalgoOn April 1, 2016

As originally appeared in, 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...

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A Risk Lens on Governance - A Public Governance Exchange Discussion Paper

Policy PaperBy Karl SalgoOn July 4, 2013

Systematic management of risk is one of many areas of organizational governance whose profile has increased markedly since the 1990s. The IOG’s examination of public sector risk management suggests two important tendencies: (1) governance...

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