Accountability in a Federal State: How Canada Stacks Up

DOWNLOAD |  The concept of accountability between governments takes on a significantly different characterization compared to that of accountability of governments to citizens. To be legitimate and effective in a multi-governance context, accountability loses its hierarchical connotations and takes on more of a joint hue. Further, it sheds some of the negative aspects – control, blame, punishment, culpability – that institutions of accountability sometimes generate when discussing government accountability to citizens. Federations, including Canada, have considered three broad strategies to improving accountability arrangements between governments: i) disentangling responsibilities to reduce overlap and achieve greater clarity about what government is responsible for what; ii) improving collaboration through better governance; and iii) developing better performance information in areas of shared responsibilities

Authors: John Graham and Gina Delph

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