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Topic Encyclopedia
Alphabetical listing of teaching topics and practice advice in public policy and management

The Atlas Topic Encyclopedia provides an alphabetical listing of links to all the teaching topics and practice advice (advisory topics) in the Atlas database. Each teaching topic is assigned to a subject in Teaching Topic Map and each advisory topic is assigned to a subject in Practice Advice Map. For links to the concepts and terms in the Atlas database, see the Concept Dictionary.

[Note: On 31 December 2013 there are 218 teaching topics and 107 advisory topics on the Encyclopedia.]


  Achieving and Sustaining Fiscal Consolidation
  Actors, Interests, and Institutions
  Addressing the Benefits and Costs of Evaluations
  Administrative Simplification
  A Few Priority Measures—Plus More (Behn's Report, November 2007)
  Aid and Development
  Allocating Resources to Risks
  Applying an Implementation Lens
  Administration and Governance
  Administrative Law and Constitutional Checks on the Executive
  All-Powerful Leaders?: The Concentration of Power in Modern Executives
  Anti-Corruption and Democratic Governance
  Approaches to National Strategy: Asia
  Approaches to National Strategy: Canada
  Approaches to National Strategy: European Union
  Approaches to National Strategy: Former Soviet Space
  Approaches to National Strategy: Middle East and Africa
  Approaches to National Strategy: United States
  The Architecture of the Canadian State
  Assessing and Communicating Effectiveness in Third Sector Governance and Management


  Balanced Scorecard as a Strategy for Performance Improvement
  The Basic Parameters of the Canadian Health System
  The Budget, Financial Management and the Politics of Deficits
  Building Coalitions
  Bureaucratic Politics, Organizational Design and Decision-Making
  The Bureaucracy and Bureaucratic Behaviour
  Bureaucracy and the Formulation of Public Policy
  Bridging Intergovernmental Gaps
  Budget Functions
  Building a Vibrant Civil Society


  Cabinet Government: The Prime Minister, Ministers and the Bureaucracy
  Canadian Intergovernmental Structures and Operating Processes
  Capacity Development to Build Democratic Institutions
  Central Bank Reform
  Central Input Controls
  Challenges to Medicare
  The Changing Role of the State
  Changing Families
  Charismatic Leadership
  Choosing the Right Evaluator
  Classical Political Economy, the Enlightenment and Feminist Responses
  Challenges for Executives in Modern Organizations
  Citizen's Guide to the Budget
  Civil Service Regulation and Administrative Guidance
  Code of Conduct for Public Officials
  Cognitive Biases
  Collaborative and Co-operative Partnerships for Service Integration
  Collective Action and Collective Inaction Games
  Communications: Getting the Message Out
  Communication, Media and the Practice of Government
  Community Based Development, Individual Empowerment and the Problem of Scale
  “Compared with What?” (Behn's Report, September 2008)
  Compliance Costs
  Comprehensive Government Budgets
  Compromise and Disagreement
  Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations of Third Sector Governance and Management
  The Concept of Strategy
  Conflict of Interest Management: Policy Framework for the Public Service
  Conflict of Interest Management: Post-Employment Policies
  Conflict of Interest Management: Relation to Anti-Corruption Policies
  Consumer Theory
  Contracting Out Government Services: Evaluating Bids
  Contracting Out Covernment Services: Internal Impediments
  Contracting Out Government Services: Managing Contracts
  Contracting Out Government Services: Service Requirements and Performance Monitoring
  Cost-Benefit Analysis
  Cost Reflective Pricing
  Courts, Judicial Review, Rights and Democracy
  Crisis Leadership
  The Crisis of “Governability” (1970s) and its Effects
  Criteria for Decision Making


  Danger of Using Too Few Measures (Behn's Report, October 2007)
  Dashboards as Data Dumps (Behn's Report, July 2008)
  Data Collection Strategies
  Decentralization and Improving Urban Governance
  Decision-Making on Employee Sanctions
  Defining Policy Problems and Policy Making Under Pressure
  Delivering on Political Priorities
  Demand for Health Care Services in Canada
  Democracy, Accountability and Human Rights
  The Democratic Deficit: Ethics, Responsiveness and Performance
  Demonstrating Results and Recognizing Limits
  Developing Networks for Improvement
  Devolving Responsibility for Financial and Human Resource Management
  Differentiating Public Subsidies among University Programs
  Distributive Justice


  Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Instrument Choice
  Emergence of the Nation State
  Environmental Compliance Assurance
  Environmental Policy: OECD Advice for Italy
  Equilibrium Selection
  Ethics and Morality
  Evaluating Talent
  Evaluation Uses
  Evaluation Purposes, Types and Questions
  Executive Authority, Cabinet and Leadership
  Executive-Legislative Relations
  Establishing Good Governance
  Election Processes in Democratic Systems
  Enhancing Evaluation Credibility
  Ensuring Links with Decision Making Processes
  Evaluation in International Development
  Evaluation of Local Development Programs


  Federal-Provincial Fiscal Relations
  Federal-Provincial-Municipal Relations
  Financial Assets and Liabilities Disclosure
  Financial Management and Accounting Prinicples
  Financial Management and Control of Public Agencies
  Financial Market Reform
  Financial Statements
  Financial System
  Financing and Fundraising in the Third Sector
  Fiscal Consolidation Instruments
  Fiscal Rules (advisory topic)
  Fiscal Projections
  Fiscal Rules (teaching topic)
  Fiscal Transparency
  Fostering an Evaluation Culture
  Framing the Theories of Evaluation


  Game Theory and Rational Institutionalism
  Game Theory and Strategic Interaction
  Gender, Globalization and Care Work
  The Global Context
  Governing With a Minority and Planning for Post-Election Transitions
  Good Transparency Practices for Monetary Policy by Central Banks
  Good Transparency Practices for Financial Policies by Financial Institutions
  Good Local Governance
  Growth and Productivity in the Long Run


  Health Policy and Canadian Federalism
  Health System Financing
  How Do We Evaluate Policy?
  HR, Merit and the Relative Independence of the Public Service


  Ideas and Policy Frames
  Identifying Main Participants for Evaluations
  Innovation Strategies for Growth
  The Immigrant Society
  Impact of Bias on Decision-Making
  Implementation and Accountability
  Implementation and the Budget Process
  Implementation and Policy
  Implementation and the Poltical Context
  Implementation and Risk
  Implementation Environment
  Implementing Tax Reform
  Implementing Through Markets
  Implementing through Networks
  Improving Implementation of Regulations
  Improving Organizational Performance through Competition
  Improving Women's Participation in Political Parties
  Incentive Effects of Welfare Policy and the Design of Transfer Systems
  Increasing Integrity and Trust in Public Procurement
  Independent Fiscal Institutions
  Institutional Architecture: Federalism
  Institutional Designs and Paths
  Intergovernmental Grants
  Involving Stakeholders and Communicating Findings


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  Key Concepts and Practices of Policy Analysis
  Key Performance Indicators in Education Policy
  The Keynesian Response and the Welfare State


  Leadership and Decision
  Leadership in Public and Private Organizations
  Learning as a Performance Strategy
  Legislative Bodies and Institutional Reforms
  Leveraging Diversity
  Liberalizing the Regulation of Regulated Industries
  Liberty and Its Limits: Speech and Harm
  Loan Guarantees
  Lying, Deception, Privacy and Transparency


  Macroeconomic Indicators
  The Magical Performance System (Behn's Report, January 2005)
  Machinery of Government
  Making Reforms Happen
  Managing a Global Team
  Managing By Influence or Authority?
  Managing Compliance and Enforcement
  Managing Conflict
  Managing Government: The New Public Management
  Managing Government: The Shift To Public Governance
  Managing Evaluation Activities Strategically
  Managing in Business Associations
  Managing in a Central Agency: Revitalizing Organizations Under Stress
  Managing Leaders: Ethics in Governing
  Managing Operational Organizations
  Managing Partnerships: Multi-Party Arrangements
  Managing People: Performance, Recruitment, Renewal
  The Management of Public Sector Organizations
  Managing Risk: The “New” Way Forward in Managing?
  Managing Supply in the Canadian Healthcare System
  Managing with Clients: Challenges of Managing Relations
  Market Equilibrium
  Market Failure and Optimal Intervention
  Market Mechanisms in Public Service Provision
  Marx and the Development of Capitalism
  Measuring Results
  Means and Ends: The Problem of Dirty Hands
  Measurement is Rarely Enough (Behn's Report, May 2008)
  Measure Outputs (Behn's Report, June 2004)
  Media, Framing and Agenda Setting
  Medium-Term Budget Frameworks
  Mission and Strategy
  Modernization of Public Sector Organizations
  Modernizing Accountability and Control
  Monetary and Fiscal Policy and Aggregate Demand
  Money Growth and Inflation in the Long Run
  Multi-Level Regulatory Governance
  Multiple Performance Measures (Behn's Report, August 2004)


  National Interests
  Nationally-owned Statistical Databases
  Negotiation Analysis
  Network Assessment and Analysis
  New Public Management in Canada
  No Perfect Performance Measure (Behn's Report, February 2009)


  Off-Budget Expenditures
  Obsessed with "Best Practice" (Behn's Report, July 2006)
  Only a Very Few Priority Measures (Behn's Report, September 2007)
  Open Economy - Basic Concepts
  Operations and Marketing Strategy
  Organizational Alignment
  Organizational Culture
  Organizing for Collaboration and Partnership
  Organizing for Performance
  Overview of Recent Trends in Public Administration


  Parliamentary, Presidential and Decentralized Unitary Systems
  Perennial and Emerging Issues in Evaluation
  Performance Budgeting
  Performance Information as a Management and Transformation Tool
  Performance Management
  Performance Measurement
  Performance, Public Management and Administrative Reforms
  Performance-Based Arrangements for Senior Civil Servants
  The Performance-Target Ethic (Behn's Report, November 2008)
  Performance Targets (Behn's Report, September 2003)
  Polanyi and Hayek
  Policy Analysis and Contemporary Governance
  Policy Design
  Policy Instruments and Tools
  Political and Administrative Responsibilities
  Political-Bureaucratic Dynamics in National Strategy
  The Practice of Effective Coaching
  Pre-Election Budget Reports
  Principles for Integrity in Public Procurement
  Principles for Managing Ethics in Public Service
  Principles of Corporate Governance
  Probing the Accuracy of Rational Decision Making Models: Alternative Accounts
  Prudent Economic Assumptions
  Public Institutions, Organizing Principles and Democratic Control
  Public Procurement
  Public Services in the Age of Restraint - new public service delivery models and the quest to do better with less
  Public-Private Partnerships
  Public-Private Partnerships: Value for Money in Selection
  Public-Private Partnerships: Establishing Institutional Frameworks
  Public-Private Partnerships: Transparent Processes for Establishment
  Public Sector Management
  Public Sector Reform



  Race, Gender and Other Group Identities Impact on Decision-making
  Reading Macroeconomic Forecasts
  Reducing the Export of Corruption
  Regulation and Risk Management
  Regulatory and Policy Tools in a Multi-Level Context
  Regulatory Neutrality
  Regulatory Policy
  Regulatory Quality and Performance
  Regulatory Reform
  Representation and Responsiveness
  Representation, Accountability and Policy
  Resistance to Measurement (Behn's Report, November 2005
  Resource Revenue Transparency
  Responsibility and Accountability
  Revenue Agency Reforms and Independent Foundations
  Reviewing Public Expenditure in Secondary Education
  Risk vs. Performance
  Role of Legislature and Civil Society in the Budget Process
  Role of Media in Democratic Governance
  The Role of the Board and Strategic Governance in Third Sector Organizations


  Scope of Economic and Social Regulation
  Setting Strategy and Goals
  Short-Run Business Cycle
  Simple Regression
  Staff Performance Management
  State-Owned Enterprises: Auditing
  State-Owned Enterprises: Corporate Governance
  State-Owned Enterprises: Debt Neutrality and Subsidies
  State-Owned Enterprises: Dealing with Special Obligations
  State Owned Enterprises: Disclosure and Transparency Policy
  State-Owned Enterprises: Defining and Reviewing Mandates
  State-Owned Enterprises: Developing an Ownership Policy
  State-Owned Enterprises: Implementation of Accountability Policies
  State-Owned Enterprises: Reporting on Performance
  State-Owned Enterprises: Setting Objectives and Performance Indicators
  State-Owned Enterprises: Stakeholder and Shareholder Relations
  State-Owned Enterprises: Structure and Governance
  State-Owned Enterprises: Tax Neutrality
  State-Owned Enterprise: Reviewing Performance
  Strategies for the Compact City
  Strategy as a State Concern
  Strategy in Federal, Unitary and Hybrid States
  Strategies of Fiscal Adjustment
  Strengthening Multistakeholder Dialogue
  Strengthening the Judiciary
  Stretch Targets (Behn's Report, December 2011)


  Tax Policy
  Tax Competition between Sub-Central Governments
  Tax Expenditures
  Theories of Human Motivation and Decision Making: Rational Choice
  Theory of the Firm
  There is Never a Single Cause (Behn's Report, May 2013)
  Third Sector Governance and Management: Policy, Taxation and Regulatory Frameworks
  Top-Down Budgeting Techniques
  Transactional and Transformational Leadership
  Transparency in Government Budgets


  Universal Service Obligations
  User Fees


  Vision and Values: Brevity, Levity, Clarity, Charity
  Vouchers vs Subsidies


  Weber: Rationalization and Bureaucracy
  Westminster Parliamentary System
  Working in Teams
  Who are the Players in the Policy Process?
  Why Measure Performance? (Behn's Report, July 2004)




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