PGEx: Policy Alignment - A Study of the Public Governance Exchange

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There is an upside and a downside in the trend toward greater use of distributed governance organizations (DGOs) to deliver public services. They can produce worthwhile operating efficiencies and give adjudicative, regulatory and other public agencies needed independence. At the same time, there are costs. DGOs operate outside of traditional lines of accountability and may also present problems with respect to policy alignment. Distributed governance brings more and often very different players into onto the policy development and service delivery scene including some who seldom interact with the centre of government where most policy projects originate. The challenge is to get them all pulling in the same direction with shared commitment to desired policy outcomes.

This study looked at four major policy initiatives – one federal, two provincial, and one foreign – involving players situated at all points on the IOG’s governance continuum.

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Institute on Governance

Institute on Governance

Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa and an office in Toronto. Our mission is ‘advancing better governance in the public interest,’ which we accomplish by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere, both in Canada and abroad.

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