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A Teaching Topic in Strategy and Structure

Managing Risk: The “New” Way Forward in Managing?

This topic deals with the rise of “risk-based” management in the public sector. It also critically assesses efforts to use performance management systems to improve accountability and effectiveness in government.   

Recommended Reading (Carleton University PADM 5117)

Savoie, Donald J., Court Government and the Collapse of Accountability: in Canada and the United Kingdom (Toronto: UofT Press, 2008). Chapter 13.

Leone, Roberto and Frank Ohemeng. Approaching Public Administration: Core Debates and Emerging Issues (Toronto: Edmond-Montgomery, 2011). chapter 6 (Do performance management systems lead to better accountability and governance?)

Malcolm K. Sparrow, The Regulatory Craft: Controlling Risks, Solving Problems and Managing Compliance (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2000), Chapters 8 and 19, 109-122 and 281-292.

Barbara Wake Carroll and David I. Dewar, “Performance Management: Panacea or Fools’ Gold?” in Christopher Dunn (ed.), The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2002, 413-429.

Gwyn Bevan and Christopher Hood, “What’s measured is what matters: targets and gaming in healthcare in England,” Public Administration, 84 (2006), 3, 517-38.

Matthias Beck, Darinka Asenova and Gordon Dickson, “Public Administration, Science, and Risk Assessment: A Case Study of the U.K. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Crisis,” Public Administration Review, 65, 4 (July/August), 2005, 296-308.

Optional Readings:

Tony Bovaird, “Developing New Forms of Partnership with the ‘Market’ in the Procurement of Public Services,” Public Administration, 84,1, 2006, 81-102.

Treasury Board Secretariat, “Review of Canadian Best Practices in Risk Management,” 1999. Available at:

Treasury Board Secretariat, “Risk, Innovation and Values-Examining the Tensions,” 1999. Available at:

CCAF, “How to Strengthen Risk Management in Government,” (June 2008). Available at:

Source: Syllabus, Carleton University PADM 5117.

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