Overpromising and Underperforming?: Understanding and Evaluating New Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes

Edited by Peter Graefe, Julie M. Simmons, and Linda A. White

© 2012

Public reporting has been used experimentally in federal-provincial relations since the mid-1990s as an accountability mechanism to promote policy effectiveness, intergovernmental cooperation, and democratic legitimacy. Our understanding of how well it is working, however, remains limited to very specific policy sectors – even though this information is essential to policy makers in Canada and beyond. Overpromising and Underperforming? offers a deeper analysis of the use of new accountability mechanisms, paying particular attention to areas in which federal spending power is used.

This is the first volume to specifically analyse the accountability features of Canadian intergovernmental agreements and to do so systematically across policy sectors. Drawing on the experiences of other federal systems and multilevel governance structures, the contributors investigate how public reporting has been used in various policy fields and the impact it has had on policy-making and intergovernmental relations.

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Drawing on the experiences of other federal systems and multilevel governance structures, the contributors investigate how public reporting has been used in various policy fields and the impact it has had on policy-making and intergovernmental relations.

Overpromising and Underperforming?: Understanding and Evaluating New Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes

Edited by Peter Graefe, Julie M. Simmons, and Linda A. White

© 2012

Public reporting has been used experimentally in federal-provincial relations since the mid-1990s as an accountability mechanism to promote policy effectiveness, intergovernmental cooperation, and democratic legitimacy. Our understanding of how well it is working, however, remains limited to very specific policy sectors – even though this information is essential to policy makers in Canada and beyond. Overpromising and Underperforming? offers a deeper analysis of the use of new accountability mechanisms, paying particular attention to areas in which federal spending power is used.

This is the first volume to specifically analyse the accountability features of Canadian intergovernmental agreements and to do so systematically across policy sectors. Drawing on the experiences of other federal systems and multilevel governance structures, the contributors investigate how public reporting has been used in various policy fields and the impact it has had on policy-making and intergovernmental relations.

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Product Details

  • Series: IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Peter Graefe is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University.



    Julie M. Simmons is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph.



    Linda A. White is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    Contributors

    Glossary of Acronyms

    List of Tables

    PART 1 Establishing Benchmarks

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Accountability and Governance
    Peter Graefe (McMaster University), Julie M. Simmons (University of Guelph), Linda A. White (University of Toronto)

    PART II Emerging Accountability Structures: Canadian Case Studies

    Chapter 2: Intergovernmental Accountability and Health Care: Reflections on the Recent Canadian Experience
    Patrick Fafard (University of Ottawa)

    Chapter 3: The National Child Benefit: Collective Accountability through Public Reporting
    Julie M. Simmons

    Chapter 4: Democratizing Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes: Community Engagement and Public Reporting In Early Learning and Child Care in Canada
    Tammy Findlay (Mount Saint Vincent University)

    Chapter 5: Evolving Federal-Provincial Accountability Regimes in Active Labour Market Policy
    Thomas Klassen (York University) and Donna Wood (University of Victoria)

    Chapter 6: Accountability in Labour Market Policies for Persons with Disabilities
    Peter Graefe and Mario Levesque (Memorial University)

    Chapter 7: Multi-Level Governance, Infrastructure, and the Transformation of Accountability Regimes in Canada
    Luc Turgeon (University of Ottawa) and Josh Hjartarson (University of Toronto)

    PART III Alternative Accountabilities: Comparative and Normative Examples

    Chapter 8: Convergence Through Benchmarking and Policy Learning: The Impact of the Open Method of Coordination on Social Policy within the European Union
    Daniel V. Preece (Carleton University)

    Chapter 9: Global Governance and Canadian Federalism: Reconciling External Accountability Obligations through Internal Accountability Practices
    Grace Skogstad (University of Toronto)

    Chapter 10: The No Child Left Behind Act and Educational Accountability in the United States
    Paul Manna (College of William and Mary)

    Chapter 11: Internal Answerability and Intergovernmental Policy Learning: Accountability in Canadian Mandatory Education
    Jennifer Wallner (University of Ottawa)

    Chapter 12: Accountability Regimes for Federal Social Transfers: An Exercise in Deconstruction and Reconstruction
    Barbara Cameron (York University)

    Chapter 13: Panacea or Peril? Intergovernmental Accountability and the Auditor General
    Amy Nugent and Julie M. Simmons

    PART IV Conclusion

    Chapter 14: Conclusion: Whither Accountability?
    Peter Graefe, Julie M. Simmons and Linda A. White

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