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PADM 5115: Introduction to State and Society
PADM 5116: Policy Analysis and Contemporary Governance
PADM 5117: Public Sector Management and the Canadian Political System
PADM 5211: Canadian Intergovernmental Relations
PADM 5212: Public Policy and Civil Society - Options and Issues in Financing the Third Sector
PADM 5213: Gender and Public Policy
PADM 5214 Budgetary Policy in the Public Sector
PADM 5215 Benefit-Cost Analysis
PADM 5220 Regulation and Public Policy
PADM 5221: Health Policy in Canada
PADM 5223: Economic Policy in Canada
PADM 5224 Aboriginal Policy - The North
PADM 5225: Trade Policy
PADM 5229: The Health of Populations
PADM 5272: Risk Assessment and Management
PADM 5411 Organization Theory
PADM 5412 Ethics and Accountability in the Public Sector
PADM 5415 Strategic Management in the Public Sector
PADM 5416: Budget Management for the Public Sector
PADM 5417 Principles of Finance
PADM 5418 Human Resource Management
PADM 5420: Policy & Program Evaluation
PADM 5421: Globalizing Public Management - Measuring and Monitoring Governance
PADM 5422 Urban and Local Government Management
PADM 5423: Third Sector Governance and Management
PADM 5472: Managing Policy and Process in a Federal Government Policy Organization
PADM 5472: Technology and Public Administratin
PADM 5472: The Politics of Management: Thinking like a Manager
PADM 5510: Energy Economics
PADM 5515: Sustainable Energy Policy
PADM 5614: Natural Resource Management
PADM 5615: Policy and Politics of Energy in Canada
PADM 5618: Environmental and Ecological Economics
PADM 5672: Innovation Policy
PADM 5813 The Evolution of World Bank/IMF Policy
PADM 5814 Program and Project Management
PADM 5815: Civil Society Organizations and Development
PADM 5816 Program Evaluation in Developing Countries
PADM 5818 Theories of Development


Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration

PADM-5423: Third Sector Governance and Management


Civil society organizations are an integral part of public management, whether in delivering services, engaging in policy development or building social capital. Strategic, sustainable and effective third sector organizations are important to our society, democracy and economy. This course examines the effective functioning of nonprofit and voluntary organizations and their evolving relationships with governments. It focuses on four important challenges or ‘ competencies’ of governance and management: the ability to 1) engage policy development, advocacy and public education; 2) govern and act strategically in a changing environment; 3) develop financial sustainability; and 4) assess and communicate value and impact. The intent is that students integrate theory and practical application throughout the course, and understand the implications of an effective third sector from the perspectives of both the sector and government.

At the end of the course, student should have:

  • a sophisticated understanding of the voluntary and nonprofit sector in the context of contemporary governance;
  • knowledge of the primary policy, taxation and regulatory frameworks within which nonprofits and charities operate in Canada, and ability to critically assess options for strengthening the sector and promoting social innovation;
  • the ability to assess the effective functioning of boards of directors and governance systems, notably how to exercise a board’s challenge function, set strategy and priorities, manage risk and liabilities, and provide appropriate transparency and accountability to stakeholders; and
  • appreciation of theories and models of good practices in the effective and efficient management of third sector organizations in a changing environment.

Although the primary focus is on the third sector in Canada, extensive comparative analysis and international experience will be incorporated into the course. Students are encouraged to draw upon their own experience in working or volunteering in this sector or in government working in partnership and consulting with this sector.

Faculty: Susan Phillips (Winter 2012)

Source: At (accessed 30 June 2013)


Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Management Subject

 Democratic Institutions and the Policy Process

  Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations of Third Sector Governance and Management

 Economic Policy and Tax

  Third Sector Governance and Management: Policy, Taxation and Regulatory Frameworks

 Strategy and Structure for Public Management

  Financing and Fundraising in the Third Sector
  The Role of the Board and Strategic Governance in Third Sector Organizations


Commentary by the Atlas editors:

Page created by: Matthew Seddon, last updated 30 June 2013. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.




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