PGEx: The Consequences of Restraint

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When governments embark on austerity programs the pace of organizational innovation tends to increase as decision-makers look for ways to make scarce funds go further. This paper draws on experience at home and abroad to explore the intended and unintended consequences of fiscal restraint on governance. The IOG’s governance continuum provides a framework for this examination as expenditure restraint in most jurisdictions has generally involved a shift in favour of distributed governance organizations (DGOs).

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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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