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Best Practices in Public Management Project 

CHANNELS OF INFLUENCE
Canada, the OECD, and Best Practices Advice

 

This page provides an outline and references for a planned monograph, with the working title Channels of Influence: Canada, the OECD, and Best Practices Advice, one of the three main products of the Best Practices in Public Management project funded by the SSHRC. The two other main products are the Atlas of Public Management and a planned monograph with the working title The Pedagogy of Governance: Identifying What Is and Should Be Taught in MPP and MPA Programs.

 

Monograph Outline (September 7, 2013) 

Preface and Outline

1  Best Practices in Public Management: A Critical Assessment

What is a “best practice”?
What is the relation between best practices and standards?
Discussion of the Atlas of Public Management as a way of organizing best practice advice

2  Do Organizations “Think”: The OECD and Best Practice Advice

Analysis of OECD advice across over thirty topics.
Are there any underlying principles of “good governance” as proposed by the OECD?
Are there contradictions in the advice proffered?

3  Standards and Best Practices

The standards literature and its relation to best practice thinking.
How do standards that have no coercive power influence what governments actually do?
Case studies of governance standards, how they developed, and their underlying logic
 

4  Indices of Governance

The standards literature and its relation to best practice thinking.
How do standards that have no coercive power influence what governments actually do?
Case studies of governance standards, how they developed, and their underlying logic

5  OECD-Canada: The Canadian Side

Results of survey of officials responsible for managing OECD-department relations.
Results of interviews with senior officials.
Results of interviews with Canadian officials on OECD committees, working groups, etc.

6  OECD-Canada: The OECD Side

Results of interviews with OECD officials.
Results of interviews with Canadian delegation.

7  International Organizations' Advice: Comparing World Bank, IMF and OECD

Bretton Woods institutions: history and logic
The three organizations: structure
The three organizations: tools

8  Conclusion

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