PGEx: The Governance Continuum - Origins and Conceptual Construct

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This paper takes the position that public sector governance exists on a continuum, wherein the degrees of autonomy and control vary. This paper will define how the nature of that autonomy and control varies to achieve a given policy objective. It will do so by drawing from the disciplines of organizational design, public administration, economics and law in order to examine how institutional relationships are defined in the public sector, the rationales used for their existence, and how ambiguity in these relationships can be problematic. Finally, we propose a conceptual model that integrates the different dimensions of organizational independence and institutional control with the different types of functions that organizations perform in the public sector.

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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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